Old Firehouse Books is thrilled to welcome author and avid hiker, Andrea Lani to our virtual event space! We'll be celebrating the launch of Uphill Both Ways: Hiking Toward Happines son the Colorado Trail, on Wednesday, March 9th at 6pmMT. She will be joined in conversation by Jim Davidson, author of Next Everest! The event will be streaming to the Old Firehouse Books Facebook page, and is free.
One grouchy husband. Three reluctant kids. Five hundred miles of wilderness. And one woman, determined to escape the humdrum existence of modern parenting and a toxic work environment and to confront the history of environmental damage wreaked by westward expansion and the Anthropocene. On the 489-mile trek from Denver to Durango on the Colorado Trail, Lani’s family traveled through stunning scenery and encountered wildflowers, wildlife, and too many other hikers. They ate cold oatmeal in a chilly, wet tent and experienced scorching heat, torrential thunderstorms, and the first nip of winter. Her kids grew in unimaginable ways, and they became known as “the family of five,” an oddity along a trail populated primarily by solo men. As they inched along the trail, Lani began to exercise disused smile muscles, despite the challenges of hiking in a middle-aged body, maintaining her children’s safety and happiness, and contending with marital discord. She learned that being a slow hiker does not make one a bad hiker and began to uncover the secret to happiness.
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