Remember Sharkbytes' Birthday Puzzle Solving and Writing Contest? Anyway, I won second place and I got to choose her book North Country Cache: Adventures on a National Scenic Trail as my prize. I got the parcel notice from the post office on Monday, so Marguerite and I went there on Tuesday to claim it. I started reading it right away and couldn't put it down. My initial plan was to get my writing assignments out of the way first before I settled down to enjoy the book, but I made the mistake of sampling just one essay and got hooked. That means I'll be cramming work this weekend, lol.
Joan Young aka Sharkbytes is an excellent writer. Her essays are honest, insightful and witty. They make me want to actively take up hiking too (although not here because I'm beginning to think I'm really allergic to the tropics, and there's also the common notion that most pieces of wilderness here are probably crawling with rebels... or the military, whichever is the real bad guy). I certainly hope Marguerite would be into it. It certainly seems a very enriching activity. Anyway, the book is an entertaining read for hikers and non-hikers alike. If you enjoy and avidly follow My Quality Day (as I do), then you'll find the book a real treat. Thanks, Sharkbytes! It's an awesome prize! One day Marguerite will enjoy reading it too (as opposed to just posing with it, lol).