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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail by Christy Teglo is a fascinating memoir that follows the author’s one-of-a-kind hike along the John Muir Trail. What is even more amazing is the fact that it is her first time on such an adventure. No one believes her in her office when she tells them what her plans are. After six months of research, she sets out to hike more than 220 miles in the High Sierra Mountains of California. On this journey, she experiences inclement weather, hail storms, losing her way, and meeting new people. But what stands out in the story is the confrontation with herself as she discovers a strength she never thought she had and a vulnerability that will enable her to have a fresh perspective on life.
The memoir is gripping and expertly written. The author shares her emotions vividly, infusing the writing with powerful and compelling descriptions, evoking imagery that will captivate the imagination of readers. While this book follows the author’s hiking adventure, it has a metaphorical nature as it describes the author’s journey to the center of her life. While hiking, she has time to be alone with her thoughts and to review her life, her struggling marriage, and her work. Themes of friendship, adventure, nature, and love are brilliantly written. Follow Christy Teglo’s exciting adventure as she braves challenging moments hiking the different mountain passes. Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail is a hiking experience that takes the author through an exhilarating journey into herself. It is a book that will appeal to readers who have always wanted to do something similar and haven’t mustered up enough courage to actually do it. It is written in beautiful prose with imagery that will stay with readers.