Scraping Heaven: A Family's Journey Along the Continental Divide Trail

Scraping Heaven A Family s Journey Along the Continental Divide Trail More than miles of trail by foot and mountain bikes with llamas and toddlers What could go wrong Scraping Heaven is the story of a family s adventurous trek over the rooftop of North America a

  • Title: Scraping Heaven: A Family's Journey Along the Continental Divide Trail
  • Author: Cindy Ross
  • ISBN: 9781680510348
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • More than 3,000 miles of trail by foot and mountain bikes with llamas and toddlers .What could go wrong Scraping Heaven is the story of a family s adventurous trek over the rooftop of North America, a warm and heartfelt account with a powerful message for parents, long distance hikers, and outdoor adventurers alike The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, a ruggMore than 3,000 miles of trail by foot and mountain bikes with llamas and toddlers .What could go wrong Scraping Heaven is the story of a family s adventurous trek over the rooftop of North America, a warm and heartfelt account with a powerful message for parents, long distance hikers, and outdoor adventurers alike The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, a rugged, 3,100 mile footpath running along the crest of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico, is infamous for its tricky mountain passes and snowy traverses In 1993, Cindy Ross, her husband, and their two toddlers set out together on the Trail Using llamas as kid carriers and packers, they successfully hiked the entire route over the next five summers, covering the last 700 miles on tandem mountain bikes in 1998.

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    1. Ross and her husband were not new to thru-hiking when they decided to hike first the Colorado Trail and then the whole Continental Divide Trail: they'd both done both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and they knew what such an undertaking entailed. They had, of course, never made such a trek with small children along.Two adults with children—one still in diapers—requires a great deal more preparation and planning than two adults on their own, and Ross and her husband happil [...]

    2. Another tale of thru-hiking, but this family actually finished the trail (as opposed to Bryson). And this family is one of those crazy, wonderfully liberal and conservative, live-off-the-land, make-your-own-log-cabin, never-hold-a-normal-job families. Experienced thru-hikers decided to hike the Colorado Trail with their one- and three-year-old on llamas (see why I picked it up?). After that, they did the rest of the Continental Divide Trail (a feat!) in the next three years, section by section. [...]

    3. Typically I'm not a fan of reading about the adventures of others. Neither I nor anyone I personally know would attempt a trip of this magnitude. Throughout the book my thoughts waffled between, "why in the world would you do this?" to "YES! So glad you did this AND wrote about it!". The Continental Divide is certainly something I want to learn more about after reading this book. When I sit here and truly reflect I realized I'm more than a bit jealous of someone who can live the life they live.

    4. I mostly enjoyed this book and the family’s adventure but sheltering under trees during thunderstorms? With small children?It is understandable that this journey took place over multiple summers and, while their reasons for blasting though New Mexico were valid, this is the part of the CDT I know personally, so was disappointed to have it treated almost dismissively.

    5. I wanted to like this book and learn from it for my own future hikes, but I couldn't. Ross was a bit self-righteous and it turned me off.

    6. My rating here has more to do with my personal reactions to the book than anything else - if you identify more with the author or her experiences, I can see why you might rate it higher.I had a lot of trouble with Scraping Heaven and it took me almost three months to get through it, renewing it from the library six times before finally returning it. Considering that I can usually finish a book of this length in a couple of days, that either means the material is difficult to understand (not the [...]

    7. From "Essential Reading: Bravery" by Literary Mama staff:Literary Reflections Co-Editor Andrea Lani describes a personal journey I'd call as brave as any travel adventure: "Fifteen years ago, I had big plans. My husband and I were on the verge of setting off for the Peace Corps in Africa, and, having already hiked the Colorado Trail, we hoped to complete the much longer Continental Divide Trail (CDT) when we returned. Then we had a baby, and, four years later, two more. We traded in a life of wo [...]

    8. As a parent of active, hiking kids, I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. I enjoyed the story, which was why I gave this one three stars, but the way the story was told left much to be desired.I have discovered that sometimes when people choose counter-cultural lifestyles they can get very defensive about those lifestyles, and in writing that comes off as self-righteous. I could not get over the self-righteous tone of this book. The author was a very strong personality that had [...]

    9. Another account of walking the Continental Divide Trail, only done over 5 summers, with two very young children in tow. Cindy Ross wrote an excellent book about her precious hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, but this one was more about the interaction between her and her husband and and their trail life with the kids and the pack of llamas that they used on this adventure. Lots of complaining in these pages. It is a much tougher and longer way to go when you are changing and washing out diapers a [...]

    10. Cindy Ross provides a heart-felt account of her family's 5-summer treks along the entire Continental Divide Trail. Both being seasoned, long-distance hikers, Todd and Cindy Ross begin their first 500-mile segment in 1993 with their two very young children and a string of llamas to carry the bulk of their gear and the children. Although the family endures extreme weather, exhaustion, hunger, and pain, they are compensated with spectacular views, serene camp spots, and strengthened family ties. Ci [...]

    11. Cindy Ross can really write. Her story of her family, "one husband, one wife and two small children", traveling the length of the Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada in several segments is breathtaking. Take care of the adults, take care of the children and of course do not forget the llamas. It took her family several years, but what an adventure.

    12. Loved it. I read this right before I took four of my kids on a three week trip to Montana. Was inspiring to know someone else was as crazy as I was. Every time I wanted to leave a few kids at a rest stop I'd tell myself at least you don't have to take care of llamas too

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