Hiking Alone: Trails Out, Trails Home

Hiking Alone: Trails Out, Trails Home

by Mary Beath


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Hiking Alone: Trails Out, Trails Home by Mary Beath

In this collection of personal essays, Mary Beath often does follow trails in solitude--both literally and metaphorically. With the focus of a scientist, the attention to detail of an artist, and the lyrical language of a poet, she recasts a classic American tale: travel from the East westward and remake your life.

Beath lived for ten years in New York City's East Village in the 1980s before she moved to New Mexico. Whether on a solo hike in the San Juan Mountains weighing risk and choice in unexpected encounters, diving in the Sea of Cortez hoping to make peace with traditional biology, or lobbying for wilderness on Capitol Hill, she never fails to engage the reader on multiple levels, within a natural world that includes humans. This book will resonate with anyone who values self-reliance and celebrates the West's rich and complex landscapes.

"Whether navigating the fields of Zuni, the halls of Congress, or simply her own ruminations, Beath takes the reader on a journey through the wonders of the West."--U.S. Representative Tom Udall, NM

"I loved trekking with Mary Beath, her sweet song and vision leading the way through both dark and sun-drenched vales of soul-making. Hiking Alone is a generous and reflective book, lovely in language, sharp in observation."--Garrett Hongo, author of Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826343291
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 04/16/2008
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Beath, an artist, naturalist, and writer, lives in Albuquerque.

Table of Contents

Open Ground: An Introduction     1
The Brilliant Air     9
Mice     15
I Love Wild Thunderstorms Myself     39
Hiking Alone     55
The First Rule     83
Differential Weathering: A Wilderness Lobbyist's Field Notebook     109
Zuni Maize     141
Bodysurfing at the Equator     173
A Cloud of Impetuous Rivers     191
Acknowledgments     355

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