Gail Storey was not a hiker, but when her husband, Porter, resigned from his longtime job as the director of a hospice center in Texas to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, she refused to let him go alone—even though the prospect of leaving their comfortable Houston careers, hiking up to 20 miles a day while popping anti-depressants and hormones, and sleeping outside for six months terrified her.
Carrying Porter’s handmade ultralight equipment, they sizzled in the Mojave Desert, nearly drowned fording a swollen river, waded through High Sierra snow, and stumbled through the lava fields of Oregon. The trials of the trail both tested and deepened their relationship. The walk also forced, Gail and Porter to question who they were. Gail confronted dangerous weight loss and her mother’s prolonged illness back home and found herself irrevocably changed by life on the trail.
I Promise not to Suffer: A Slideshow of Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Dealing with nature’s ferocity and beauty and pitting inner strengths against inner fears helped Gail find wisdom that three master’s degrees and a life in the city never taught her.
Gail recounts the story of her epic adventure at a slideshow at the Barn Beach Reserve (Sun Room) Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m. She’ll also be signing books (Book for All Seasons) in Leavenworth on Saturday September 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
September 6, Friday, 7 pm. River Haus at Barn Beach Reserve, Sun Room at Wenatchee River Institute (for A Book for All Seasons Bookstore).
347 Division Street, Leavenworth, WA 98826, 509-548-0181
Slideshow, talk/reading/q&a for I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. http://bit.ly/IPNTSLeavenworth
September 7, Saturday, 10:30-12:30. A Book for All Seasons Bookstore, 703 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826.Book signing: http://abookforallseasons.indiebound.com/
Photo Caption: Outrageous wading on the PCT