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BOOK CLUB HIKE-Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

  • Jul 3, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Come join our book club. We are a very simple book club as we just walk and talk! We will break into small groups to give us all a chance to hear and give input.  We all read the book before the hike and then hike as we discuss it.  We will walk up to the Lake Ilsanjo by way of Canyon Trail where we will stop by the lake for a little way and come back down on Spring Creek trail. This trail does have altitude gain of about 500 ft and some rocky parts on the trail that will require you to watch your footing. The mileage will be around 4-5 miles but it's a nice hike.  

 

Driving Directions to Trailhead: -

  • From Highway 12 East Bound from 101
  • At the stoplight continue straight onto Hoen Ave.
  • Take a right at the light onto Summerfield Ave.
  • Take a left on Parktrail drive (2nd street on left).
  • Park about a 1/3 of a mile up the road; the trailhead is on the left.

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel [Paperback]
Rachel Joyce

Description:

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.

Review:

Harold Fry--retired sales rep, beleaguered husband, passive observer of his own life--decides one morning to walk 600 miles across England to save an old friend. It might not work, mind you, but that's hardly the point. In playwright Rachel Joyce's pitch-perfect first novel, Harold wins us over with his classic antiheroism. Setting off on the long journey, he wears the wrong jacket, doesn't have a toothbrush, and leaves his phone at home--in short, he is wholly, endearingly unprepared. But as he travels, Harold finally has time to reflect on his failings as a husband, father, and friend, and this helps him become someone we (and, more important, his wife Maureen) can respect. After walking for a while in Harold Fry's very human shoes, you might find that your own fit a bit better

 

As always:

Give yourself time to find the trailhead so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival. 

Wear comfortable hiking shoes that are well broken in.

Bring plenty of water. 

No snack stop on this hike.  Eat before you come.  We just keep on walking for this hike.

Bathroom facilities along the hike.

Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments.

Bring your smile and great attitude!

See you on the trail!

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  • Leigh

    Next book...Tues Aug 27th
    BOOK CLUB HIKE-The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    I hope to see you!

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the book and got added insight from our discussion. Leigh, you are the best! Thank you.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this strictly for those who read the book?

    July 2, 2013

    • Leigh

      Hi Lutvija, This hike is for the people that have read the book...thanks!

      July 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thank you

      July 3, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    Loved the book, loved the hike, loved the discussion, loved the company! Thanks Leigh for another great hike :)

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • michele

    Good book and great discussion! Thanks to all !

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Because of the heat am going to give it a miss this time

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going for a run with another group in the morning but look fwd to hikes with this group soon! :)

    July 2, 2013

  • Pauline D.

    Very disappointed--Can't do Wednesday mornings!!!! Finished reading the book 3 days ago

    June 24, 2013

    • Leigh

      oh no!!!!! I'm so disappointed too.. We'll have to have our own private book club discussion when I see you on a hike...I'll try to remember everyone's thoughts so I can share them with you! This darn rain....first the full moon and now the book club...shucks! Who ever thought it would rain in June??

      June 24, 2013

    • Pauline D.

      Looking forward to it! At least I don't have to water our lawn.

      June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have read the book, however don't want to walk in the rain. Please keep me posted

    June 24, 2013

    • Leigh

      As you can see..it's been delayed to July 3rd! Hope you can make it. You are automatically RSVP's yes so if you can't make it you just need to change your RSVP.

      June 24, 2013

  • Leigh

    Hi all....I'm delaying the book club because so many people have not finished it. I AM doing an Annadel Hike tomorrow....a favorite of mine and I hope that you can still join me!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Sandra E.

    Sorry, this came up fast! Never got a chance to read the book...

    June 24, 2013

  • michele

    Achilles tendon inflammation! Trying to heal to go to Kern. I am enjoying the book. Harold is an interesting character to analyze as well as the characters he interacts with. Reminds me of 'Eleanor Rigby' by the Beatles, "all the lonely people..."

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am reading the book right now!!

    June 19, 2013

  • Mary S.

    Even though I cannot join the hike - I will read the book. Sounds great.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    back to work. great book

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    got my book today! But not sure if I'll have the day off or not yet.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great idea. I love it!

    May 9, 2013

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  • Leigh
    Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Kathy F
    HIGH EXALTED Sunny, Assistant Organizer
  • Andy E.
    EXHAUSTED
  • Shawna
    HIGH Exalted protector of the space
  • Marinoly R.
    HIGH Exalted Spice Girl, Co-Organizer
  • michele
    Ms. Hiker Biker!
  • A former member
  • A former member

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