The Walk West A Walk Across America 2 Author:Peter and Barbara Jenkins In 1973 a young man began a journey that would last for more than five years and span the continental United States. Peter Jenkins wrote about the first half of that journey in A Walk Across America, a book that chronicled his adventure with his dog Coooper as they walked from upper New York State to New Orleans, where Peter met a young seminar... more »ian, Barbara Jo Pennell. The Walk West begins in New Orleans when Peter and Barbara, now married, set out to discover the rest of America together. Readers who thrilled to the first part of Peter's journey will join Peter and Barbara as they walk through the bayous of Louisiana, across the dusty plains of Texas, the prairies of New Mexico, into the Colorado Rockies, the cattle-roving Idaho ranges, over the mountains and valleys of the great West, to the edge of the Pacific.
The Walk West introduces new members of Peter and Barbara's vast American family: Preacher Hebert, who took them on a death-defying alligator hunt in the Louisiana swamps; the Williams family, who rode with Peter and Barbara on a cattle drive through a high-walled canyon; Asa Pease, horse-breaker and artisan, who never let a handicap stop him from anything; Rocky Mountain man Perk Vickers, whose old-time stories chased away any cabin-fever blues; Milo, the exuberant preacher who guided Peter and Barbara across the frozen Cascades with his gospel songs and good cheer.
As Peter and Barbara walk through storm, tornado, and blazing sun, across golden prairies and snowcapped mountains, they celebrate this country in one of the most exultant voyages of our time. Americans took A Walk Across America to their hearts; The Walk West completes the journey, singin with love of a great land and great people.« less