Escape to the Mountain: Midlife Redemption on the John Muir Trail

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Stephen Smith, 2007 - Hiking - 198 pages
In Escape to the Mountain, Stephen Smith hikes northern California's John Muir Trail in a quest to rediscover hope and bring new life to a spirit crushed by physical pain and a string of back surgeries that had forced unwanted change upon him personally and professionally. The chiropractor by profession returns to the Sierra Nevada that brought him joy as a child, to find meaning and purpose in life and unexpected joy with friends and family. Backpacking the trail with him in four two-week journeys, we experience the vibrancy of nature's sunsets and hidden treasures, lively episodes with trail guides and companions and truthful awakenings that lead Smith on a life-changing direction of great pleasure and reward.

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