Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland

By | January 28, 2018
Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland Author Ken Ilgunas
ISBN-10 0735213879
ISBN-13 9780735213876
Year 2017-02-07
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Blue Rider Press
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Now that President Donald Trump has revived the Keystone XL pipeline that was rejected by former President Obama Trespassing Across Americais the book to help us understand the kaleidoscopic significance of the project Told with sincerity humor and wit Ilgunas s storyis both a fascinating account of one mans remarkable journey along the pipeline s potential path and a meditation on climate change the beauty of the natural world and the extremes to which we can push ourselvesboth physically and mentally It started as a far fetched ideato hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline But in the months that followed it grew into something more for Ken Ilgunas It became an irresistible adventurean opportunity not only to draw attention to global warming but also to explore his personal limits So in September 2012 he strapped on his backpack stuck out his thumb on the interstate just north of Denver and hitchhiked 1 500 miles to the Alberta tar sands Once there he turned around and began his 1 700 mile trek to the XLs endpoint on the Gulf Coast of Texas a journey he would complete entirely on foot walking almost exclusively across private property Both a travel memoir and a reflection on climate change Trespassing Across Americais filled with colorful characters harrowing physical trials and strange encounters with the weather terrain and animals of Americas plains A tribute to the Great Plains and the people who live there Ilgunass memoir grapples with difficult questions about our place in the world What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land As members of a rapidly warming planet As mere individuals up against something as powerful as the fossil fuel industry Ultimately Trespassing Across Americais a call to embrace the belief that a life lived not half wild is a life only half lived

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