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Trespassing Across America
Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland | Ken Ilgunas
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Told with sincerity, humor, and wit, Trespassing Across America is both a fascinating account of one mans remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselvesboth physically and mentally. It started as a far-fetched ideato hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. But in the months that followed, it grew into something more for Ken Ilgunas. It became an irresistible adventurean opportunity not only to draw attention to global warming but also to explore his personal limits. So in September 2012, he strapped on his backpack, stuck out his thumb on the interstate just north of Denver, and hitchhiked 1,500 miles to the Alberta tar sands. Once there, he turned around and began his 1,700-mile trek to the XLs endpoint on the Gulf Coast of Texas, a journey he would complete entirely on foot, walking almost exclusively across private property. Both a travel memoir and a reflection on climate change, Trespassing Across America is filled with colorful characters, harrowing physical trials, and strange encounters with the weather, terrain, and animals of Americas plains. A tribute to the Great Plains and the people who live there, Ilgunass memoir grapples with difficult questions about our place in the world: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land? As members of a rapidly warming planet? As mere individuals up against something as powerful as the fossil fuel industry? Ultimately, Trespassing Across America is a call to embrace the belief that a life lived not half wild is a life only half lived.
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GirlChandler
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Book haul!

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GondorGirl
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GondorGirl
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1. Tagged book. The author hikes the entire length of the proposed Keystone Oil Pipeline to see how the areas which might be impacted.
2. Twix and candy canes.
3. Xennial.
4. My Consew industrial sewing machine.
5. Be lazy. Read. Snuggle the cats. Maybe visit my folks.

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

MinDea I love your weekend plans! I hope you get lots of cat snuggles! 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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Mixed review...I enjoyed the journey and not the author. He is arrogant and a little immature and doesn‘t deal with responsibility well. But I enjoyed the trip I also wish he described interactions with the people he met more.

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CallMeIshmael
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I‘m also getting to read #perfect

Redwritinghood That does look cozy! 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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Last year was a rough year for me. I didn‘t have a lot of time for two things that are vital for me and that is reading and running. This year will be better and I will read more and run a Hell a lot more #AbetterMe #survivalisinsufficient

Mommamanzi Two of my favorite things. Between having to learn to run with a double stroller and work through a bad back running had to be put on the back burner... 2018 will be our year! 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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Sitting in my truck in the snow waiting on my daughter to finish practice

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Howseldomtheydo
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ReadingEnvy I just started Marlena and I'm liking it so far 2y
Howseldomtheydo @ReadingEnvy Good to know! 2y
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Pickpick

Pretty good and entertaining!

MyNamesParadise I won this from Goodreads in a giveaway! Haven't read it yet! 3y
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BekahPat
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Adventure memoirs always awaken a part of me that makes my family worry greatly.

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BekahPat
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Adventure!

Bostonmomx2 I'm sooooo not adventurous so hopefully that means I'm neither naive or stupid lol 3y
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sherrynuts
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While I enjoyed reading the book & felt I learned some new & interesting things, I waffled back & forth on liking the author. Occasionally it seemed like he thought he was better than the people he met along the walk. Other times he had me rolling with laughter at his fear of cows or his descriptions of the changes in his body. And I connected with his description of how the mind works when it is free to wander. It's the same for me when I run.

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Hoopiefoot
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It's been a terrible week for me on the stupid injury front. Thinking it's better if I just stay inside watching the Olympics and reading about people doing cool things.

becausetrains Been there (like the time I broke my foot by falling off a model railroad table 😣.) I hope you feel better!! 3y
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sherrynuts
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Now the Offutt AFB Airshow is back and I'm not ready to put down my book!

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sherrynuts
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I was going to watch the Offutt AFB Airshow from my front porch, but the weather delayed it until after noon. Guess I'll finish my book instead!

britt_brooke Love your drawing! 3y
sherrynuts @britt_brooke Thanks! Not too bad for a finger drawing on my phone. 🎨 3y
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sherrynuts
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This whole page pretty much describes what I do when I run. Think about what I did, what I should have done, what I really wanted to do, what I could have said to win the argument or otherwise appear confident/cool.

brendanmleonard Lovely. This looks so interesting. 3y
CallMeIshmael I need this book in my life 3y
sherrynuts @brendanmleonard and @CallMeIshmael I have enjoyed the book so far! He repeats himself a little bit, which is annoying, but for the most part it's an interesting read. 3y
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sherrynuts
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Sometimes I think this guy thinks he's the greatest person to walk the planet and then other times I think he's just messing with me. "...speed bags of death." ?

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"To travel alone, I'd learned, isn't to rely on yourself. To travel alone is to force yourself to depend on others. It is to fall in love with mankind."

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sherrynuts
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This guy is seriously afraid of cows.

Shortstack I have a Russian friend who's terrified of cows! 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Cows? He needs to go to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New Paltz!! Dylan will put him at ease!! Dylan❤️ 3y
sherrynuts @Shortstack It's never crossed my mind that people would be afraid of cows. But then I did grow up in Nebraska going to county fairs. 🐄 3y
sherrynuts @JanuarieTimewalker13 What is Woodstock Animal Farm Sanctuary? 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @sherrynuts , it's a farm sanctuary run by Jenny Brown, author of The Lucky Ones...I highly recommend visiting! They have wonderful tours and I always have a smile ear to ear when I'm there bc the animals are so well kept, loved and happy❤️ 3y
sherrynuts @JanuarieTimewalker13 that's sounds like an awesome place! I'll have to see about a visit next year. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh you will love the place!! They actually changed their name to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary (dropped the animal). I've gone twice so far. First property was nice but now they have a bigger one, so they can rescue more animals. When I went on opening day, the baby goats were jumping all around! So cute!! I will go back again!!@sherrynuts 3y
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sherrynuts
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It's making me sad and mad already.

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sherrynuts
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Up next! The author decided to hike the entire proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline and started in September of 2012. Should be an interesting read.

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