Last night Paula and I decided to go to the movies. We saw the movie “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Directed by Jean-Marc Valee. The story is about the true story of Cheryl Strayed who went on an 1100 mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to the State of Washington.

The movie is based on the best selling book of the same name by Cheryl Strayed. I had already downloaded the Kindle version of the book, but I had only finished reading the first few chapters. I would normally rather have finished reading the book before seeing the movie, but the movie was playing at a convenient time and place. I will get to the book eventually. I don’t think that I am exactly the target demographic for this. (I’m male and 66)

So the story is of Cheryl making an impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother and the failure of her marriage. We keep seeing flashbacks of her final days mother’s death from cancer.

We get the feeling that Cheryl is woefully unprepared for the journey that she has begun, On one of the first nights on the trail she has trouble figuring out how to set up her tent and use her backpack stove. Her pack is way overweight with stuff she really won’t need. The story of is one of challenges and her learning how to depend on her self.

The movie ends at “The Bridge of the Gods” over the Columbia River in Oregon. This is not actually the northern terminus of the trail. That is actually in British Columbia in Canada.


Another waypoint featured in the film was Kennedy Meadows in Tulare County, Callifornia. Population 28. Some really beautiful views.


We both enjoyed the movie. I’d give it about 2.5 stars out of 4.

The flashbacks are a bit disjointed. I was never quite sure about how the flashbacks connected to the main story.

There’s a lot of beautiful cinematography. Oscar material? Not sure, maybe for cinematography. I don’t see it for best film or best actress.

Tomorrow, we do Christmas Cookies. Stay tuned.



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