Nature News from GYE #40

July 27, 2022

This is a bit of a different Nature News, but I wanted to share the publication of a new book by Joshua and Amber Niven, “Discovering the Appalachian Trail”.

Many tales, articles and books have been published touching on aspects of our nation’s longest continual marked footpath, the Appalachian Trail.  I just read one of the most comprehensive, overall account for anyone who is interested in discovering the many faces of this trail.  Discovering the Appalachian Trail by Joshua and Amber Niven is a must read.  These two have created a book that starts from the very beginning; the formation of the Appalachian Mountains.  It is full of many natural history notes, and some human history that led to the creation of an idea.  Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery are 2 personalities whose vision and passion shaped what the AT is today.

This story is full of tips about AT Culture, preparations, philosophy and of course, descriptions of each section of the trail.  Highlighted are some specific hikes along the way.  It includes maps, fabulous photos and stories.   Many personalities and individual stories are highlighted (Walkin Jim, included!)

  This book emphasizes what makes the term “trail magic” come alive.  The trail is not just a recreational experience; it is a “way of life” that one carries with them for the rest of their days.  Touched by the rhythm of the natural world and friends along the way, an experience like walking the AT for one day, one state or one entire season will bring you richness as you’ve never known before.  It will change your life.   Kudos, Joshua and Amber.   This is an amazing endeavor.  The time and passion and energy you bring to this project are impressive.  Many thanks! For more info about this book and how to purchase go to:


Another update on the website are a couple new links that may be helpful for anyone who is searching for a way to support young people who have been diagnosed with or have a family member diagnosed with cancer.


The Sunshine Kids is dedicated to children with Cancer.  This non-profit is commited to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients.


Mesothelioma Hope provides free educational resources, support, and information to anyone that may have questions about a few different cancers/diseases caused by asbestos.


paddling with friends on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River

Next newsletter will bring you more from the Yellowstone area. For now I will leave you with 3 photos from recent adventures!

First Nations Peak with Forget me Nots in foreground

My best, Leslie Stoltz

Yellowstone Lake in the distance from Top Notch Peak

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