I usually don’t review books, but when I saw this opportunity, I knew it would be something I would enjoy. I was right, so I had to share it with you. The book is I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool For Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail D. Storey.
A brief overview
The PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) is a 2663-mile hiking trail that spans from Mexico to Canada. The trail covers all types of environment from desert to snowy mountaintops and is about 500 miles longer than the Appalachian Trail. Many people hike various parts of the trail, but few set out to hike the entire thing and even fewer finish. In I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool For Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, Gail Storey chronicles the 6-month PCT hike her husband, Porter, was determined to complete and Gail was hoping to survive.
Marriage and relationships
While deciding if she would like to accompany Porter on his trip, Gail, a woman who enjoys sleeping in hotels and the finer things in life, makes her decision based on her love for Porter.
What do you really want. I asked myself. To snuggle with Porter in the wilderness or fret alone at home in our cozy bed? One of the best parts of our marriage was waking up in the middle of the night and seeing for sure that the other was still on the planet.
I love that last line. Marriage means you aren’t alone anymore. You have each other and that is an amazing feeling, isn’t it?
While hiking an average of 20 miles a day, Gail has plenty of time to contemplate her life, her marriage, and her relationship with her dying mother. What else is there to do but think? While reading the book, you are taken back and forth from the present-day hike to various events in Gail’s past. Each event, and the hike itself, really made me think about my marriage and whether I would be able to do something like the massive 2663-mile trek. The short answer is no, I wouldn’t be able to do a hike like that. The long answer is that although I wouldn’t be able to do something like that, I think that my husband and I are able to work together to complete some really amazing things.
Why you should read it
While reading this book, I received some funny looks from my husband as I laughed out loud. Gail has a great sense of humor and I really enjoyed the flow of the book. I could relate to Gail as I am a woman who hates camping and tolerates hiking for short periods of time.
If you are looking for a book that is humorous, enjoyable, and makes you contemplate your marriage, I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool For Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail is the book for you!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.