The Consolation of the Wild: Grief, Hardship and Happiness on the Cohos Trail
by Walt McLaughlin
Wood Thrush Books, 2021
132 pages, paperback
After years of delay, the author finally backpacks the heart of the relatively new Cohos Trail in northern New Hampshire. But the recent deaths of loved ones, insufficient physical training, and his advanced years make a tough hike even tougher. All the same McLaughlin revels in the natural beauty of the White Mountains and the Nash Stream Forest as the trail rises to magnificent mountain views, skirts pristine ponds and dreamy meadows, and passes through sprawling forests. Despite all hardships, the wild still works its magic.