By Bill Bryson
Again in the US after two decades in Britain, invoice Bryson determined to reacquaint himself along with his local nation through jogging the 2,100-mile Appalachian path, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT deals an incredible panorama of silent forests and gleaming lakes--and to a author with the comedian genius of invoice Bryson, it additionally offers never-ending 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 ultimately settle into their stride, and whereas at the path they meet a extraordinary 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 barren region. An experience, a comedy, and a party, A stroll within the Woods is destined to turn into a contemporary vintage of go back and forth literature.
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All the books tell you that if the grizzly comes for you, on no account should you run. This is the sort of advice you get from someone who is sitting at a keyboard when he gives it. Take it from me, if you are in an open space with no weapons and a grizzly comes for you, run. You may as well. If nothing else, it will give you something to do with the last seven seconds of your life. However, when the grizzly overtakes you, as it most assuredly will, you should fall to the ground and play dead.
This wouldn't be so bad, I told myself. But secretly I knew that I was quite wrong. On the afternoon of July 5, 1983, three adult supervisors and a group of youngsters set up camp at a popular spot beside Lake Canimina in the fragrant pine forests of western Quebec, about eighty miles north of Ottawa, in a park called La Verendrye Provincial Reserve. They cooked dinner and, afterwards, in the correct fashion, secured their food in a bag and carried it a hundred or so feet into the woods, where they suspended it above the ground between two trees, out of the reach of bears.
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. Of the two species, black bears are generally smaller (though this is a decidedly relative condition; a male black bear can still weigh up to 650 pounds) and unquestionably more retiring.