Ken Ilgunas, "Trespassing Across America"

Ken Ilgunas, Trespassing Across America

Saturday, April 23, 4pm

Release date: April 16, 2016

"In September 2012, I stuck out my thumb in Denver, Colorado, and hitchhiked 1,500 miles north to the Alberta tar sands. After being duly appalled, I commenced my 1,700-mile hike south following the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast. It would become a 4.5 month journey across the Great Plains. To follow the pipe, I couldn't take roads. I'd have to walk across fields, grasslands, and private property. I'd have to trespass across America.
The book is about my journey--fleeing from cows, taking cover from gunfire, and keeping warm on a very wintry and questionably-timed hike. But it's also about coming to terms with climate change and figuring out what our role as individuals should be in confronting something so big and so out of our hands. It's about taking a few months of your life to look at your country from a new perspective. Ultimately, it's about embracing the belief that a life lived not half wild is a life only half lived." - Ken Ilgunas

Ken Ilgunas has worked as an elementary school tutor, an Alaskan tour guide, and a backcountry ranger at the Gates of the Arctic National Park. He has hitchhiked 10,000 miles across North America and paddled 1,000 miles across Ontario in a birch-bark canoe. Ilgunas has a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo in history and English, and an M.A. in liberal studies from Duke University. The author of the travel memoir Walden on Wheels, he currently lives in Benedict, Nebraska.

Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399175480
Availability: Special Order
Published: Blue Rider Press - April 19th, 2016

Event date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
304 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401