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By Bill Bryson

Again in the US after 20 years in Britain, invoice Bryson determined to reacquaint himself together with his local kingdom via jogging the 2,100-mile Appalachian path, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT bargains an extraordinary panorama of silent forests and gleaming lakes--and to a author with the comedian genius of invoice Bryson, it additionally presents unending possibilities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.
For a begin there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a blood brother from Iowa alongside for the stroll. regardless of Katz's overwhelming wish to locate comfortable eating places, he and Bryson finally settle into their stride, and whereas at the path they meet a weird and wonderful collection of hilarious characters. yet A stroll within the Woods is greater than only a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a sensible witness to this pretty yet fragile path, and as he tells its interesting heritage, he makes a relocating plea for the conservation of America's final nice wasteland. An experience, a comedy, and a party, A stroll within the Woods is destined to turn into a latest vintage of shuttle literature.

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Miraculously, Pitka survived. "I don't know why I set that durn gun against the tree," he said later. ) If I were to be pawed and chewed--and this seemed to me entirely possible, the more I read--it would be by a black bear, Ursus americanus. There are at least 500,000 black bears in North America, possibly as many as 700,000. They are notably common in the hills along the Appalachian Trail (indeed, they often use the trail, for convenience), and their numbers are growing. Grizzlies, by contrast, number no more than 35,000 in the whole of North America, and just 1,000 in the mainland United States, principally in and around Yellowstone National Park.

I was more than ready for this. I found Katz in the dining room and he was looking laudably perky, too. This was because he had made a friend--a waitress named Rayette, who was attending to his dining requirements in a distinctly coquettish way. Rayette was six feet tall and had a face that would frighten a baby, but she seemed good-natured and was diligent with the coffee. She could not have signaled her availability to Katz more clearly if she had thrown her skirt over her head and lain across his Hungry Man Breakfast Platter.

He looked to the woods. " I looked to the woods, too. "Yeah, probably. " I hoisted my pack and took a backward stagger under the weight (it would be days before I could do this with anything approaching aplomb), jerked tight the belt, and trudged off. At the edge of the woods, I glanced back to make sure Katz was following. Ahead of me spread a vast, stark world of winter-dead trees. I stepped portentously on to the path, a fragment of the original Appalachian Trail from the days when it passed here en route from Mount Oglethorpe to Springer.

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