On Trails – An Exploration by Robert Moor
After hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in five months, Robert Moor, an environmental journalist, began to study trails: how and why they were formed and altered, and what makes us follow them or veer off on our own. He focused on fossil trails and the travels of ants, explored hiking treks that spanned continents, and pondered highways from the interstate to the internet. He talked to trail-builders and thru-hikers and thinkers and nomads. What he discovered about trails sheds light on how our species evolved, and how, like physical paths, abstract paths shape our lives. “To deftly navigate this world, we will need to understand how we make trails, and how trails make us,” he says in this book, which is a mix of wilderness adventure, science, philosophy, history, and nature writing. On Trails is a fascinating look at where we wander, and how that wandering forms who we are. Hikers, nature-lovers, science sleuths and philosophers will enjoy Moor’s lively exploration through time, wilderness, and civilization.
Reviewed by Diane Holcomb, EastWest Bookshop, Mountain View, CA
Debut author Robert Moor received the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and has won multiple awards for his nonfiction writing. He lives in Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia.