I attended the talk and book signing by Tom Ryan, author of Following Atticus. The book and their blog represent so much more than a dog story. For me, the feelings the author describes about their hiking experiences, are the best part (chapter 4 – The Gift is a particular favorite). I started hiking regularly over the last several months, and it provides an outlet, an escape, and a chance for discovery. Sometimes the hikes are strenuous, but sometimes they are just a walk in the woods.