Come join our book club. I am now posting the books far in advance so that those of you that want to borrow the book from a library will have plenty of time! We are a very simple book club as we just walk, talk! During the hike 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.
Book: A Man Called Ove
*Starred Review* At 59, Ove is a grumble Gus of the first degree. Rules are made to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed, and don’t even get him started about computers and mobile phones. In truth, Ove has been this way his whole life, but he’s gotten worse in the last four years since his wife, Sonia, died, taking with her all the color in a world Ove sees as black-and-white. Ove has decided life without Sonia is not worth living and plans to join her in the next world. But a young couple and their two children (a third is on the way) move in next door, his oldest friend and most feared enemy is about to be forcibly removed to a nursing home, and a street-scarred cat insinuates itself into his life. Suddenly, Ove’s suicide plans get delayed as he helps solve neighborly crises large and small. Though Ove’s dark mission mitigates any treacly upstaging by animals and small children, readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for Most Charming Book of the Year, this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down. --Carol Haggas
Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).
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.
Our book is:
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!