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A Walk for Sunshine

October 19, 2010

Jeff Alt - A Walk for Sunshine Presentation

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2010 10:23 am

    I haven’t read that one, but I’ll be sure to check it out!


  2. October 20, 2010 6:35 am

    I am going to add this to my reading list.

    By chance, have either of you read A Park Ranger’s Life by Bytner? He was a ranger in Shenandoah for most of his career as well as Glacier NP and somewhere in Alaska. I saw him speak in Charlottesville last spring, but have not read this one yet either. He said that his book was part of the curriculum for new rangers.

    Andrew Szalay


  3. Kendra permalink
    October 19, 2010 10:06 pm

    I saw this presentation a few years ago (LOVED the book!) and also got to meet Mr. Alt. He’s a super nice guy.


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