At a poetry gathering one evening, authors Michael Perkins and Will Nixon decided to walk across Woodstock not just the modern town of busy roads, but the older village of bluestone quarries, abandoned forest paths and mountain views they had all to themselves. Walking Woodstock collects their adventures, many first published in the Woodstock Times, that ranged from the delights of finding spring flowers to the fears of a mountain rescue. Full of humor, friendship, nature, hikers' lore and walkers' musings, these journeys reveal the wild heart that beats in all of us when we set forth to explore our home terrain on foot.
“The Hudson Valley has produced some of the great peregrinations of our time, most notably by John Burroughs, an inveterate walker. Add Michael Perkins and Will Nixon to that list – these are charming essays, some of them with a bit more bite than you’d guess”
—Bill McKibben, Wandering Home
“Walking Woodstock is a graceful and honest book written with a poet’s keen appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us and the deep pleasure of experiencing our highways and byways afoot. A story of friendship, companionship, and mutual respect—a lovely duet.”
—Kenneth Wapner, Catskill Rambles