When Bill Bryson walked the Appalachian Trail he sent out a letter with his Xmas cards asking people if they would like to walk the AT with him and the one person who replied was Stephen Katz.
From the minute Katz makes his first appearance in the book ‘A Walk in the Woods’ he captivates us with his sardonic one liners, and fantastic observations about Bryson’s comments. In particular when they meet other people, his ability to get straight to their obvious shortcomings, is nothing short of mischievous and marvellous at the same time.
Because Katz and Bryson walked at different paces, Bryson was nearly always ahead of Katz and was constantly waiting or going back to look for Katz. It is in fact pivotal to the way the AT, and life, works that people look after each other in many different ways.
We should always be looking and waiting for people. Sometimes when you go looking for something or someone, you find something else. Something or someone you didn’t know was waiting for you.