Robert & Martha Manning: Celebrating 50 Years of Our National Trails System | Presentation, Discussion

2 pm | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6John Muir Trail

In October, 1968, the National Trails System Act was signed into law. Fifty years later, we now have a remarkable system of nearly 60,000 miles of national trails, spanning all 50 states. Arizona is well represented, offering one National Scenic Trail, two National Historic Trails, and many National Recreation Trails, including two in Prescott. 

Bob and Martha ManningJoin Bob and Martha Manning for a 50th anniversary celebration of the National Trails System. They will show slides from segments of the National Trails they’ve hiked, and discuss ways in which walking and hiking can improve the quality of life.

About Bob and Martha Manning

Bob and Martha Manning are Prescott residents who enjoy hiking in Arizona and beyond. Bob is Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont and Martha is an artist. They’ve written two books about walking long-distance trails in the US and other countries, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People and Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes from Around the World, and are working on a third book about walking vacations in America’s national parks.

About the Author's Books

Walks of a LIfetimeReading Walks of a Lifetime is to discover, from those first halting steps as a child to walking the world's greatest long-distance trails. Experience breathtaking coastlines, mountain ranges, historic landscapes, wilderness areas, religious pilgrimages, great cities, and iconic rivers. Walk to learn more about our beautiful and curious world, to be healthy and happy, to add adventure and authenticity to life, and to learn something about yourself in the process. Walking is simple, but it can also be profound. Veteran outdoor enthusiasts Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to experience the joy of walking in Walks of a Lifetime. They offer firsthand descriptions of thirty of the world's great long-distance trails and multiday walks, including personal anecdotes, natural and cultural history, practical tips, and full-color photographs and maps. Walks range from inn-to-inn routes to backpacking treks and are found across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific. Trail descriptions are accompanied by a series of short, engaging essays on the many dimensions of walking.

walking distance"Long-distance walking is good for you and good for the earth... But most of all, walking is a joyful celebration of life and the diverse, beautiful, and curious world in which we live.” —from the Introduction

Walking is simple, but it can also be profound. In an increasingly complex and frantic world, walking can simplify our lives. It encourages intimate contact with places and people, promotes health, and is one of the most sustainable forms of recreation. Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to explore the pleasures of long-distance walking in their inspiring new book, Walking Distance. At the heart of Walking Distance are firsthand descriptions of thirty of the world’s great long-distance hikes, spanning six continents and ranging from inn-to-inn to backpacking trips. Each entry—from Turkey’s Lycian Way to Vermont’s Long Trail—features personal anecdotes, natural and cultural history, and useful tips, including suggestions for preparing for hikes and for additional reading. Each trail narrative is richly illustrated with color photographs and maps.

Event date: 

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

The Peregrine Book Company
219A North Cortez
Prescott, AZ 86301