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BENEATH BLOSSOM RAIN by Kevin Grange

BENEATH BLOSSOM RAIN

Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World

By Kevin Grange

Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8032-3433-8
Publisher: Bison/Univ. of Nebraska

Debut memoir of a man’s discovery of spiritual rejuvenation while hiking Bhutan's daunting Snowman Trek.

In 2007, outdoors writer Grange began his 24-day journey along the “toughest trek in the world” by tying a string of prayer flags to some rocks, only to watch them flutter free, a setback representative of “all the loose ends in [his] life. As an unmarried, middle-aged, failed screenwriter, the author tackled the trail in order to surrender “to the adventure” and peer “resolutely forward”—yet throughout, he remained firmly cemented to the worries of the past. A man at odds with his dream, Grange continually contemplated the fading likelihood of his success as a screenwriter, acknowledging that “life had its own timeline,” and that the only control he possessed was the ability to put one foot in front of the other on the trail. In this way, the book is an adventurous travel memoir focused on perspective. In one instance, Grange gulped a beer and found his taste buds tingling, not because of the beer itself, but because “[e]verything tastes better on a hiking trail.” Similarly, he soon discovered that all successes were sweetest when laced with suffering. As the author endured the grueling trail, he began viewing the world through a different lens. While in a particularly grumpy mood, a fellow hiker reminded him that every hour of sadness costs a person “3,600 seconds of happiness”—a statistic that rattled Grange out of his funk once and for all.

A highly readable journey of one man's renewed lease on life.