Join Sarah Zimmerman at 6:30 on Monday, September 11 for a discussion of Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery.
One day in 1955, Emma Gatewood decided to go for a walk. So the 67-year-old grandmother from Ohio quietly left her home to make her way to the trailhead of the 2,050 mile long Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Armed with only the bare essentials, Gatewood hiked the entire length of the trail. And then she proceeded to do it again—twice. Using her diaries, photographs, and interviews with people who knew her, Ben Montgomery tells the story of her hikes, her life, and her legacy.
Sarah Zimmerman works for Legacy Parks Foundation as the Director of Outreach in support of East Tennessee's parks, trails, and waterways. Her previous experience includes work with the National Outdoor Leadership School, and she is now serving on Knox Forest School's initial board of directors. An alumna of the University of Tennessee's public relations program, she loves combining strategic communication with healthy community activity including outdoor recreation. When she's not writing blog posts and planning events, you'll likely find her kayaking, paddle boarding, or biking around town.