A Walk for Sunshine
On Saturday afternoon, Adam and I drove up to Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park to hear a special guest speaker – Jeff Alt, author of A Walk for Sunshine. Jeff hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 1998. He also put an extra spin on his thru-hike by making it a hike for charity – raising money to help the group home where his brother with cerebral palsy resides. Adam and I first read Jeff’s book over the summer while we were out backpacking. We took turns reading the book aloud to one another whenever we relaxed in our tent.
Jeff was a great speaker. He was funny, informative and passionate about encouraging people to follow their dreams. His hour-long talk followed the book and was packed with anecdotes and photos. Afterward, he took time to sign copies of his book and answer questions. If you ever get a chance to see Jeff speak, don’t miss it! He visits Shenandoah pretty regularly, speaking and offering a program on hiking with children.