Author Don Defreeze

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“Of all the paths you walk in life, let at least one be Appalachian”

     The Appalachian Mountains are unique and ancient. They intern more than a billion years of Earth history offering an amazing geologic story.   I challenge every individual to journey into Appalachian wilderness and savor the root of its terrestrial existence. A hike along the acclaimed Appalachian Trail creates the perfect interface to ply its eternal appeal and inspire feelings of something beyond our daily lives and artificial surroundings.  However, before you leap out of your arm chair to fulfill such aspirations, I implore you to ponder the gravity of such an adventurous undertaking.

     Through language, it's impossible to describe exactly what a hike down an Appalachian trail generates in physical stress as well as personal freedom.  The Please Read book trilogy project was born out of an attempt to explain such sensations.  The three book series intricately depicts the step-by-step hike of a 2 day Appalachian Trail journey which culminates Don Defreeze’s lifelong quest to define the fundamentals of existence to his satisfaction. 

      Through Don’s journey, experience what a deep wilderness hike entails & imparts. Sense the mental transition that occurs when vast wilderness devours anxieties and causes them to thaw and fade. Feel the gnawing fatigue wrought by grinding out each step of an arduous hike. Endure the slog to reach the goal and then bask in inspirational triumph in a truly universal understanding peaked by ultimate Appalachian isolation, solitude and seclusion.  In the end, flourish in an awareness hard to experience in our compartmentalized world and seemingly unavailable to most- The explanation of reality belongs to everyone.

     Seeking the facts that define reality has always been a central issue of mine. I studied the sciences and their careful observations and logical deductions when explaining the universe while I remained open to all viewpoints defining this existence we find ourselves.  After receiving a B.S. at SUNY Oneonta, I worked in a wide range of industries including construction, energy, retail, transportation and management, to mention a few. Socially, I interacted with a gamut of people that see the world in totally different ways. Further education at Roanoke College & VA Western CC added to my uncountable host of interactions within a wide variety of humanity, pointing to one thing all have in common- we’re all lone individuals facing eventual extinction.

     In a conclusion drawn from decades of backpacking, I argue that a connection beyond our tangible realm is best enabled when far from the noise of our homes and cities. The clues rendering the truth are out there-  Do you have the fortitude to face them?  I offer the evidence in the Please Read trilogy.

*Get a signed copy of Please Read by purchasing it through our store. The second installment of the trilogy, Climb Beyond the Crest, will soon be available. Get started on the hike!

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