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New Book By Jane V. Blanchard.
Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino
By Jane V. Blanchard.
Jane writes about the Camino de Santiago in Spain and the women that walk it. The allure of this pilgrimage has drawn millions of people to walk it's historic path for a millinium. Nearly half of those that take this pilgrimage are women. Through on-location interviews and experiences, Jane explores why so many women brave this route and what compels them to walk, The Camino.
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SynopsisWhen siblings promise to do something together when they ‘grow up,” is it just wishful dreaming? When war and a Purple Heart Medal shatter those dreams, should the surviving brother continue? The desire to honor that promise to my brother haunted me for over forty years. At long last, when there were no more excuses, I ventured out onto the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that youthful promise.
Three Hundred Zeroes describes my adventure on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) as it meanders for almost 2,200 miles (3,500 km) through some of the most awe inspiring, remote, vibrant woodlands and mountains in the eastern United States. Maddeningly indirect at times, the trail wanders aimlessly from Springer Mountain in Northern Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, in central Maine. During my journey on the A.T. I experienced encounters with every conceivable form of plant life, vegetation, tree and animal from the minuscule pygmy shrew to the titans of the north woods, the American black bear and moose.
The A.T. is also home to a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long past and faded from living memory. Walking through small boroughs, villages and crossroads along the trail, I connected with people that did not judge others by their worldly possessions, where they’re from, or how big their house is. Inevitably the conversations were most often about hiking experiences; trail conditions, animal encounters, distance traveled, and the daily destinations. Surprisingly, the foremost questions that always arose were, “Can I help?” or “Are you hungry?” Life along the Appalachian Trail is more often than not factored down to its lowest common denominator: honest to goodness caring and human kindness.
The menagerie of personalities encountered on the trail lead to countless humorous moments. A cast of characters with monikers such as “Cookie Monster,” “Bone Lady,” “Half-Elvis,” “Motor Butt,” “Bilge Rat,” “Privy Monster,” and “Serial Killer,” ensured that there was never a dreary moment.
There were serious obstacles as well. The difficulties I endured walking over 2,200 miles were easily underestimated and my trouble began long before setting a first step on the trail. This book demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes, extreme weather and challenging terrain may be far less formidable than some of life's more subtle dangers.
Join me in the book, Three Hundred Zeroes, as I explore this national treasure, the Appalachian Trail.
Dennis Blanchard was born in Bristol, Connecticut. He and his wife Jane moved to New Hampshire in 1980 where he has climbed thirty 4000-foot mountains, biked the trails and enjoyed the wilderness. Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, Dennis was always aware of the seductive siren’s call to hike it. Dennis is an electronics engineer who has freelanced for amateur radio, technical and motorcycle adventure magazines. He now lives in Sarasota, Florida.
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QSOtoday InterviewWhere Dad Dropped In
Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, an Israeli radio amateur, recently interviewed me for his podcast at QSOtoday.com . We talked about how radio had such a profound affect on me and how I've taken on my hiking expeditions. Have a listen and let Eric know what you think about the interview:
Although, A Few More Zeroes, was supposted to be the next book in the pipeline, it has been superceded by , Where Dad Dropped In: An 82nd Airborne Troopers Story. There are several reasons for this, the primary one is: 2014 is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, as well the invasion of Holland and the Battle of the Bulge. My father was involved in all of these events, and many more and what I've discovered about him MUST be a book, ASAP.
Online News Coverage of Three Hundred Zeroes
A daily blog picked up a review and posted a piece about it. See it here at, Thru-Hikers Daily.
Two Great Blog Reviews!
Two blogs of note recently posted an interview/review of me about Three Hundred Zeroes. Both sites carried the same review, have look at either:
Both sites are the brainchild of Tom Witherspoon, ham radio call letter K4SWL. Bloggers love for readers to leave comments, please do so, he will appreciate it.
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