Why Wild and Mt. Scott
I first heard about Crater Lake when I read Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild. Towards the end of her trek along the PCT she makes a detour to see the lake. She described it as being so beautiful I had to see Crater Lake. Mt. Scott was the highest point in Crater Lake National Park and has great views. This top is also another national park checked off in Tami’s quest to see all 59 National Parks. The mountain and book selection is an homage to the Pacific Crest Trail which is one of the most famous long treks in the world. The trail starts at the border of Mexico and the US and ends at the Canada-US border. The entire trail is 2,659 miles. It passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks and significant sections of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains.
More About Wild
The memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is Cheryl Strayed’s second book. It was published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf on March 20, 2012, and has been translated into 30 languages. The week of its publication, Wild debuted at number 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list in hardcover non-fiction. In June 2012, Oprah Winfrey announced that Wild was her first selection for her new Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The next month Wild reached number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, a spot it held for seven consecutive weeks. The book was adapted into a film starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern in 2014.
In the wake of her mother’s death, with her family scattered, and in the ashes of a failed marriage, Cheryl Strayed made the impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild powerfully tells the story of her adventure, capturing the terrors and pleasures of a young woman forging ahead against all odds and the healing power of her trip.
If you like to hike at all, you should read this book. Even if you don’t like to hike, it’s a moving story about one woman’s personal journey to find herself.