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  Jessica M, Reviewer

What an inspiring read! 
I had an interest in this book because I work for an environmental non-profit
that frequently hosts events. While we don't have any people who are disabled
on our team, I always try to focus on 1. making an event accessible and enjoyable
for everyone and 2. using people-first language. We feel that outdoors and nature
should be inclusive and enjoyed by everyone! I wanted to read this book to see 
what trails were mentioned in the state I'm in - and I was happy to get that and so 
much more.
This is an incredible book about the experiences a father had with his daughter
despite facing many challenges throughout the years. I loved reading about their
experiences on different trails around the country but also their experiences in life.
This book had me feeling very appreciative of being able to experience nature
without having to give much thought to it, but it also made me realize that enjoying
nature has no boundaries. Despite your challenges, you can always find a way to
enjoy nature.

Alicia B, Media

This is a phenomenal resource and an inspirational read. The book is a guide to trails in all 50 states (plus Washington, D.C.) that can be pushhiked, or navigated while pushing a disabled person in a jogging stroller or similar mobility device. The trails are listed in each state in alphabetical order, with two different trails in the case of a few states. Each trail description starts with important information like its length, highest point, difficulty level and more. There is also a picture of the author's daughter on every trail featured, along with a detailed description of what it was like when they hiked that particular trail. There are maps of each trail, though I wish there were also maps of where each trail was in the state.

In some cases, the narration includes events like Kellisa having a terrible prolonged seizure in a remote park and not responding to her seizure medication, encountering a man with a rifle who had just shot a deer (it was not hunting season), wild animals and many other minor and more serious circumstances, along with information about the trails and details of their day there.

We have family friends who have triplets who are now 21 years old. One has severe autism, one has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, and one is neurotypical and fully mobile. I remember my friend telling me about how they didn't let their daughter's wheelchair keep them from having adventures, and that at some points Mom would carry her daughter's wheelchair and Dad would carry their daughter in order to keep going on hikes. I hope this book helps families find more trails where nobody has to carry wheelchairs, strollers or their family members over inaccessible trails and that it inspires more parks to work to make their trails accessible to all. Highly recommended.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.


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