Because, Why Not?
No, this page is not necessary. And I have no idea how much I’ll even pay attention to it. But I’ve come to learn a few things over the years of writing CTMQ. One, hikers are loyal to my hike reports. Far more so than museum lovers. (I recognize the irony of the site’s original name.) I chalk it up to my fellow hiker’s love of maps and lists and completion. Those things drive me to do what I do.
And two, most hikers have a literary gene as well. We just love reading about hikes and other hikers’ experiences – often about trails we’ve hiked, sure, but also about trails we can only dream of hiking. I’ve always enjoyed a good book about hiking and if you’re reading this, you probably have as well. I’ve built a decent collection of travel books and especially travelogues that focus on hiking. (I’ve given away a bunch of them, but what’s done is done.)
Sensing this confluence of hiking, reading and writing, my friend Mara Lee at the Hartford Courant hooked me up with a copy of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery. She asked if I’d review it. And I said, “no, I don’t really do that.”
But then I thought about it for a bit and decided it wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Even though “literary reviews” are not my forte and I find them difficult. I do have another little “hidden” section on CTMQ of Connecticut-centric books here, by the way. (And I’ve neglected those pages, so I don’t have high hopes for this one.)
Anyway, let’s get to it.