A Short Walk on a Long Trail
A Couple's Sauntering on the Vermont Long Trail
Jane V. Blanchard
Nonfiction, Biography / Memoir, Sport and Leisure, Travel, Family and Relationships
June 16, 2021
Full of hard-won, practical advice for novice and experienced hikers alike, this story contains many unexpected twists and turns. The co-authors, Dennis and Jane Blanchard, explore the nuances of hiking solo versus hiking as a couple with candor and wry wit and poke fun at themselves and their relationship. A must-read for everyone contemplating a long-distance hike.
I plodded like Godzilla and sounded like Darth Vader.
Jane and Dennis Blanchard never do anything the easy way, and their myriad adventures hiking the Vermont Long Trail during a summer of record-breaking cold temperatures and unprecedented rainfall were just another of a series of challenges the couple has faced over their 45-year-plus marriage.
Without Dennis, this would be a different adventure. Not only is he companionable, but he also carried the tent.
The Blanchards are accomplished long-distance hikers, having completed the Camino Francés, the Camino Portugués, and Hadrian’s Wall Path. Dennis hiked the Appalachian Trail solo, and his epic Georgia-to-Maine trek interrupted only when he decided to drive home for six-artery bypass surgery. Talented writers, both Jane and Dennis have turned their adventures into gripping accounts full of humorous insights and pithy observations about people, Nature, and what happens when people and Nature meet—on Nature’s terms.
Why is it when you have clean clothes and smell decent, there is always a storm to ensure that you start smelling like a wet animal?
Their most recent book, A Short Walk on a Long Trail, is full of hard-won, practical advice for novice and experienced hikers alike. This story contains many unexpected twists and turns, from the PUDs (pointless ups and downs) to kind-hearted, generous Vermonters, from a debilitating upper respiratory infection to Nature in all its glory: spectacular sunsets, occasional vistas, drenching rain, clinging mud, and lots of bugs. Jane and Dennis explore the nuances of hiking solo versus hiking as a couple with candor and wry wit and poke fun at themselves and their relationship while sounding a clarion call for Americans, especially older Americans, to stay active and explore the beauty of our natural environment.
The uncertainty of hiking is thrilling. There is always something new around the bend, over the hill, or further up the road.
Join Jane and Dennis on another big adventure! A Short Walk on a Long Trail is a must-read for everyone contemplating a long-distance hike.