Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Release Party Day 1 - Fun Facts Day

Mt Washington Fun fact - I have climbed it 4 times.

Welcome to the opening day for the Book Release Party! 

We’re glad to have you a part of this great week celebrating the release of our trail adventure “Mountains, Madness, and Miracles – 4,000 Miles along the Appalachian Trail.”


You will see that the contest has opened below. Please be sure to follow the few “rules” on how to enter for the giveaways.  There are some great prizes, and we hope you’ll come back every day to the party to see what we are sharing, including special interviews, Wednesday’s refreshments day (AND a special book bonus feature too!), plus much more. The party ends on Friday, Nov 16th. Entries for the contest will be tabulated after that and winners selected with the official results posted on Nov 23rd (with prizes going out then, just in time for Thanksgiving!)

So today is Fun Facts Day. We thought you’d be interested to see a few fun facts from our journeys.

Northbound Georgia to Maine
Average Miles per Day
10.30
Average Miles per Hiking Day
12.19
Average Miles per Week
72.09
Number of days in Trail Towns
33
Number of nights in a Shelter
50
Number of nights in a Tent
72




Number of nights in a Hotel
26
Number of nights in a Hostel
30
Number of nights in a House
23
Number of Day Hikes
12
Longest Day
22.90
Shortest Day
1.5
Number of Days over 20 Miles
8
Number of Days between 15-20
41
Number of Days between 10-15
85
Number of Days between 5-10
32
Number of Days between .1-5
14

Southbound Maine to Georgia
Average Miles per Day
12.1
Average Miles per Hiking Day
13.31
Average Miles per Week
81.33
Number of days in Trail Towns
19
Number of nights in a Shelter
25
Number of nights in a Tent
77
Number of nights in a Hammock
0
Number of nights Under the Stars
0
Number of nights in a Hotel
17
Number of nights in a Hostel
15
Number of nights in a House
25
Number of Day Hikes
0
Longest Day
23.40
Shortest Day
1.6
Number of Days over 20 Miles
11
Number of Days between 15-20
46
Number of Days between 10-15
57
Number of Days between 5-10
26
Number of Days between .1-5
3

"Did We Ever Get Lost?" Yes. One day Paul Bunyan was lost for over five miles in Maine. He finally got a ride back to the real Appalachian Trail after realizing he was on a logging road going nowhere. He did not get into camp until 9 PM. Talk about a worried Mom!

"Did We Ever Want to Quit?" Sure. Our book talks about it. Me, in the Smokies. Paul Bunyan in PA. Find out in the book what we did to keep our hike going and our dream alive. A hint – Paul Bunyan’s had to do with FOOD.

"What Was our Favorite Trail Town?" I loved Gorham. After the rigors of the White Mountains going north and the Mahoosucs going south, Gorham falls right at the place where one needs some rest and food. A bus out to the store made it easy to resupply. And friendly folks are there for transportation.

Paul Bunyan Enters Hot Springs, NC
For Paul Bunyan, his favorite place was Hot Springs. Why? – “The people, the cool hostel we stayed at, and just the idea of walking into town, smelling like funk, but being welcomed as friends,” he says.  

My Favorite Food? I’ll talk about trail foods on Wednesday’s blog this week during the party and include a few recipes (what’s a party without refreshments?) But on my northbound hike, I loved the pizza we got at the Mohican Trail Center and the turkey dinner in Gorham. On my southbound hike, I had a distinct craving for Key Lime donuts from Dunkin Donuts and actually found them twice on my hike. But the best food I had as a southbound hiker was the delicious dinners that trail angels cooked up for me in their homes. I was blessed and honored and grateful for everything they did for me.   

Read our Trail Journals Online
                                    http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=6655

To Order our Book:  

In Print - Amazon and Barnes and Noble

E-book - Kindle  or  Nook



2 comments:

Christine said...

One of the most fun book release parties I've ever seen. Amazing book. Can't wait to read it.

Lauralee Bliss said...

Thanks so much, Christine! Still several days to go! :)