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The Barefoot Sisters Walking Home (Adventures on the Appalachian Trail) by [Letcher, Lucy, Letcher, Susan]
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About the Author

Lucy Letcher is an artist and a writer. She has an MFA in printmaking from Edinburgh College of Art, and has exhibited in galleries in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Susan Letcher is a doctoral student in ecology at the University of Connecticut. She plans to work as a professor for study abroad courses in Costa Rica with the Organization for Tropical Studies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4804 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 081173529X
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (15 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps Renew Faith in the Basic Goodness of People 30 Oct. 2014
By D. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Walking Home" covers the Barefoot Sisters' yo-yo hike of the Appalachian Trail, this time from Georgia in March to Maine in October. Where their first book covers their hike north to south, done largely in the winter months, this one is done mostly during the more conventional spring and summer seasons.

The Barefoot Sisters write well, and relate their experiences with an openness and truthfulness that some other hiking books seem to lack. They convey effectively the spirituality and simplicity of the trail throughout. During their walk home back to Maine they encounter Lyme disease, the 9/11 attacks and how some hikers seemed to use their trip as an escape, as well as Barefoot Sister jackrabbit's depression. They also encounter the amazing generosity and trust in the hiking community, make new friends, and run into some old friends they made on their first journey including Tuba Man.

I read and enjoyed their first book, "Southbound," and "Walking Home" is a very worthy companion. If you are interested in hiking or the outdoors, you will probably want to read both. They will help renew your faith in the basic goodness of people.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, thanks for the journey 22 Sept. 2015
By Carol M - Published on Amazon.com
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I have fallen in love with these sisters! I found the sequel even more enjoyable than the first book, and I loved the first book. I think the journey home is more relaxed and laid back - more blue blazing and zero days to enjoy the scenery and the people they meet along the way. I found it interesting to follow their side trips to Cullowhee (where I attended college), Cherokee (a town I am very familiar with), Florida, etc., and the great job they did of explaining how surreal it feels to make the transition from the wilderness to life in the "real world" and back. They are both excellent writers; the scenery and people come alive. I could almost feel Jackrabbit's lyme disease through the pages. I especially liked how honest they were about their relationship and how they didn't always get along so well along the way! I liked when they described the differences in the places going nobo as opposed to sobo. It was fun to see them embrace the traditions of the trail: Trail Days, the ice cream challenge, the Maryland challenge, and mooning the cog. I have hiked sections of the AT and have a collection of books written by thru-hikers, but these 2 books are my new favorites. I highly recommend this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! - "Great job, Sisters, Thank you for sharing the hike with us all!" 29 Aug. 2012
By DianeL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Barefoot Sisters: Southbound Co-Authors Susan Letcher & Lucy Letcher
I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed reading of the Appalachian Trail hiking adventures of "Jackrabbit" and "Isis". Once I started reading, I was hooked and did not want to stop!
I am one of four sisters and I enjoy to read books which feature the interaction of sisters. I must admit I downloaded this book when it was offered as a free Kindle book through one of the free books of the day. The chapters in the book are arranged as the sisters share their experiences along the trail, almost as a relay team. There is not a lot of repetition, but a smooth continuation of the hike.
I also appreciate that the accounting of the actions and reactions of the sisters were not sugar-coated. There were times when they did not want to be sisters together along this trail.
The hardships of hiking the trail were so believable, until I got chill bumps as I read about the ice and snow they endured during a blizzard. I could almost feel the exhaustion and thirst of a hard day of hiking. The book is a story which tells their endurance of pain, discomfort, hunger, and also of the kindness offered by strangers and friends met along the trail. I could hardly wait to buy the follow-up book, Barefoot Sisters Walking Home (Adventures on the Appalachian Trail) [Kindle Edition]. I thoroughly enjoyed both books. Great job, Sisters, Thank you for sharing the hike with us all!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of books! 28 April 2017
By Christopher Clayborn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Where to begin. After reading both books of their southbound and then northbound hikes I feel like I was with them the whole time. The books are written from each sister's perspective as they alternate the telling of their adventures with each chapter. It's not a retelling of each chapter, it's just two people taking turns telling the same story. The part that amazed me is how much each of them knew about the wilderness especially the names of every plant and/or tree. I think they are both great writers with their attention to details and poetic use of the language. A must read for anyone.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to equal "Southbound" 6 Oct. 2010
By James Denny - Published on Amazon.com
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It is axiomatic that it is difficult for a sequel to equal the original.

In "Walking Home," the Barefoot Sisters Isis and jackrabbit "yo-yo" their original "Southbound" hike and return home to Maine on the Appalachian Trail.

This time taking the more usual pattern, which more than 90 percent of AT through-hikers choose, the sisters leave Georgia in mid-March of 2001 to complete their AT return hike by October 15, the last day Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park remains open.

"Walking Home" could have been an extension in the first book. However, the sisters decided to set it up as a sequel. While it is quite good, some of the unusual and most distinctive aspects of the earlier work are lacking: namely, the less common direction taken in the original work(southbound); the fact that much of the hiking in the earlier work was done during winter months; and the fact that there was far less barefoot hiking than in the earlier work.

That said, "Walking Home" is largely a continuation. "Walking Home" includes the situation that jackrabbit faces when she comes down with early-stage Lyme Disease, a situation that goes unrecognized, undiagnosed and untreated for some time.

The occurrence of the "9-11" attack takes place in the latter months of their return journey. Its effect upon AT through-hikers who are trying to escape real-world concerns is notable.

Unlike in "Southbound," in "Walking Home," the sisters have real-life encounters with rattlesnakes, bear and moose, something most AT through-hikers look forward to while hoping that such encounters will be non-eventful.

Side-junkets such as the extended beach stay in Florida along with multiple off-trail side trips tend to distract the reader and take away from trail hiking. The large amount of "slackpacking" done by the sisters on their return journey (when backpacks are shuttled by car) will put off more purist backpackers.

By the time of "Walking Home," the Barefoot Sisters had achieved something akin to celebrity status. This has unintended effects upon them as well as upon others whom they befriend, even "trail angels" and supportive third-parties.

I highly recommend "Walking Home" but as stated in the first paragraph, it can be difficult for the sequel to equal the original.
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