Local Author Wins National Award, Encourages Hiking in New Book

RENO, Nev. -- A local author, teacher and hiking enthusiast is encouraging people to get out on the trails and see what nature has to offer in her new book.

"Almost Somewhere," written by Suzanne Roberts details 28-day hike along California's John Muir Trail back in 1993.

What started out as a carefree adventure for three young women turns out to be a much more difficult, dangerous and - ultimately - meaningful trip through the wilderness.

Roberts says the experience changed her life. The book is about self-discovery and the role nature can play in that journey.

"I needed my own vision for the landscape my own uniquely feminine vision and language," she says. "So being out there for a month allowed me to find my voice. It's sort of what made me realize that I was a writer and that I wanted to live in the Sierra and since I've made my home here and hike daily on these trails that lead back to the John Muir Trail."

National Geographic Traveler Magazine named Roberts "The Next Great Travel Writer." She's already working on her next book.

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