If you answered, “yes” to any of those questions, I recommend checking out the book, and now the film, Wild.
Wild, a first-person memoir by Cheryl Strayed, tells the story of her expedition on the Pacific Crest Trail in the summer of 1995. In the four years leading up to her journey, her mother died (Cheryl was 22), her stepfather and siblings became disconnected from the family, and Cheryl turned to drugs to cope with her loss. After wandering around the country for several months, she comes home and divorces her husband. Feeling that she has lost her path in life and having nothing more to lose, she decides to set out, alone, on an 1100-mile long hike from southern California through Oregon. Having never backpacked before, Cheryl describes the physical and mental struggles that challenged and healed her along the trail. Told with the utmost honesty, reflection, emotion, and suspense, the story of Wild is a deep and inspiring exploration.
The film was released in December 2014 and stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Overall, the film excellently captures the interplay between past memories and current challenges on the trail. Witherspoon portrays Cheryl with true emotion, strength, and bravery. IMBd gives the movie 7.5 out of 10 stars. That’s really good!
So, whether you’re an adventurous type or someone who searches for meaning in stories, a dedicated book lover or a film fanatic, I would recommend reading, or watching, (or both), Wild. It might just make you want to take off on an epic hike of your own!
Check out the book!
Here’s where you can see the movie in the Seattle area.