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  • Authors: Angela and Duffy Ballard
  • Softcover; 264 pages
  • The Mountaineers Books; copyright 2003
  • A blend of romance, humor and adventure
  • Written in he said/she said style--chapters alternate from male to female perspective

Made in USA.

They're not sure which came first-falling in love with each other or falling in love with the idea of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada). At the trailhead, they were warned that there would be tears, that each would have to find their own separate pace, and that at times the tent would seem awfully small for the two of them. They were told that their biggest obstacles to success would be . . . each other.

Their first surprise: freeze-dried meals do funny things to your GI- tract. Their first fight: when Angela noticed that Duffy's long legs propel him along the trail faster than she can muster. But on they pressed-encountering snakes, bears, and fellow thru-hikers with trail names like Crazy Legs and Catch 23. They baked in the deserts of Southern California, gazed awestruck at the snowy, serrated peaks of the High Sierra, and attempted to hide from Northern Washington's seemingly incessant rain. One hundred thirty two days later, they made it-blisters and all.

Angela Ballard's articles on culture and lifestyle, sports, health, and technology have appeared in Men's Health, on, and in other publications. Duffy Ballard, M.D., is a resident in Emergency Medicine at University of California, Davis, Medical Center. His writing credits include contributing to Hoops Nation. After completing their journey, Angela and Duffy married; they live in Sacramento, California.

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Best Use Hiking
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth the journey An insightful and often funny read; not sure I'm cut out for 30-mile hiking days, but it was fascinating to walk in (both sets of) their shoes as they did.
Date published: 2014-06-24
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