Book of the Month/Easy Hike - River Meadows- - 'The Dog Stars' by Peter Heller

Who likes to read and then discuss the book?  How about having a book of the month selection that the group can read and then on a designated walk/hike have coffee, drink or lunch/dinner afterwards to discuss?  I will select books (either non fiction or novels) with a walking/hiking/dog/fitness theme and post the first of the month.  Read the book during the month and then later in the month we can get together to discuss. Suggestions for books you have read or are wanting to read are welcome.

You do not need to read the book and stay for the discussion.  We welcome hikers only as well.

This park is a little farther out so if anybody wants to carpool maybe we can set something up.

This month let's meet at River Meadows Park for an easy hike.  There are picnic sites we can stop at for the book selection.  If the weather is not good we will change the location to somewhere closer.


River Meadow's Park is a great place for a nice hike that isn't too far out of town. It's about 15 minutes outside of Arlington. There are several miles of trails to explore....some of them are along the river and some are through the meadows and forest. There are campsites and yurts available if you want to explore for a little longer.

Driving Directions:

From I-5 take SR530 east through Arlington; turn right onto Arlington Heights Road for 2 miles; bear right onto the Jordan Road. Follow Jordan Road for approximately 3 miles to park entrance on the right.

'The Dog Stars' By Peter Heller

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Amazon Exclusive: Author Peter Heller on the Star of The Dog Stars The inspiration for Jasper, a Blue Heeler mix, who is an integral part of this novel.

Our Hero, Hig, lives at a little country airstrip which he shares with his beloved blue heeler Jasper, and a mean gun nut named Bangley. It's nine years after a super-flu has killed 99.7% of the people on the planet. Hig sleeps out under the open sky at night with Jasper. He does it because he loves to see the stars, and because it's safer: if marauders come he won't be trapped in one of the nearby houses.

He used to have a book of the stars, but now he doesn't, so when he's lying out at night he makes up constellations. Mostly they are animals, and he makes one for his best friend Jasper. The Dog Stars. It's Hig's way of reinventing the lost world, and keeping in touch with the things he loves.

Jasper, to me, is the star of the book. He is fiercely loyal, and he gives Hig something to live for when there is not much else to hold on to.

Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

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  • Kathy L.

    This is a beautiful little park with nice trails along the river and through the woods. Looking for some camping - great camp spots as well.
    Beautiful book,too.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I had a friend unexpectedly drop in from out of town.

    June 21, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      We missed you and olive today. Hope you are having a good time with good friends. See you soon.

      June 22, 2013

  • Pauline S

    Last minute RSVP--Hey Kathy can I carpool with you??

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The dogs and I aren't able to make it to the walk this Saturday. Forgot about a previous engagement ! Will try for another time!

    June 20, 2013

  • Susan

    Sorry that I'm going to miss this one. I'll see you on Sunday.

    June 20, 2013

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