Happy Free Book Friday! Today’s special giveaway, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History, comes from seasoned hiker Danny Bernstein.
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The winner of the drawing will be announced Monday morning.
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail shows off the most spectacular, historic and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape. Stretching one thousand miles from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, the route takes in Fraser fir trees and pelicans, old grist and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British cemeteries complete with Union Jacks.
The trail is half on footpaths and half on back roads, offering experiences not only in nature but also in small towns, at historic monuments, in family cemeteries and in local shops. Author Danny Bernstein has taken it all in and shares her knowledge for those who might follow in her footsteps in The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History.
Click the image below to READ Chapter One of The Mountains-to-Sea Trail!
Danny Bernstein’s mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. She’s been a committed hiker for over forty years, completing the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South Beyond 6000 (all the mountains higher than 6,000 feet in the East), many other hiking challenges and, of course, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Danny and her husband maintain a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and a section of the Appalachian Trail on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Trails don’t maintain themselves, and people have to get out there to clip, clean and remove blow downs. Danny keeps hiking and leads hikes for the Carolina Mountain Club and Friends of the Smokies. She’s on the board of directors of the Great Smoky Mountains Association. She’s written two hiking guides, Hiking the Carolina Mountains (2007) and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains (2009). She blogs at Hikertohiker.com. In her previous life, she worked in computer science for thirty-five years, way before computing was cool, first as a software developer and then as a professor of computer science. Her motto is: “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.”
“For anyone interested in hiking across North Carolina and learning more about what to expect on the trek, this is the book to read. In entertaining style, Danny Bernstein shares what she learned on her cross-state journey. When she saw something intriguing, she interviewed locals and read widely so she could understand it more fully. In this book, she shares her insights and knowledge so that other North Carolina travelers can understand and appreciate our beautiful state even more.”
-Kate Dixon, Executive Director, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
You may also like Danny’s blog-exclusive interview: Trailblazing from Mountain to Sea: Author Takes on 1,000 Miles of Wilderness, History