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More on “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”

January 1, 2015

Well, I finally started reading the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. As always, there is usually more to the book than what you find in the film. Here are a few thoughts.

Cheryl Strayed hiked the PCT in 1995. This is mentioned in passing in the film. The book was published on 2012 and the movie released in 2014. For you in my audience that are challenged at math, that’s a long time. In the summer of 1995, the big story was OJ, the murder and trial. It was probably a good time to be off the grid for the summer.

In the middle of the book, Ms. Strayed tells of running out of money. Part of her travel on the trail way by way of Greyhound. She skipped part of the trail due heavy snow in parts of the Sierras. So she says she was down to her last $0,65. No ATM’s in the wilderness. No ATM’s in some of the small towns in the Sierras. It also meant no cell phones. There were cell phones in 1995, but they were clunky affairs that didn’t work real well and were expensive to use.

I had a cell phone back then. I think it was a Motorola  flip phone. Back in the day, they had something called roaming charges. It could get real expensive to make a phone call.

So it took Ms Strayed 17 years to get her book published. It reminds me what my brother Rich has told me. “Writing for a living is hard work.” Here’s a link to her wiki entry.

There’s a section toward the end of the book on Crater Lake in Oregon, Crater lake is one of the deepest lakes in North America. It is about 1900′ deep at its deepest point. Read here for more info on Crater Lake.


If you saw the film, go read the book. It’s worth it.


December 22, 2014

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.