Maine author will talk about a 489-mile family hiking adventure

BAR HARBOR – Author Andrea Lani will talk about her nearly 500-mile journey on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango with her “cranky husband and three reluctant kids” during a hybrid program Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. with the Jesup Memorial Library.

Her journey forms the basis of her book “Uphill Both Ways: Hiking Toward Happiness on the Colorado Trail.” During the 489 mile trek, Lani’s family traversed stunning scenery and encountered wildflowers, wildlife and too many other hikers. They ate cold oatmeal in a cold, damp tent and experienced scorching heat, torrential thunderstorms and the first pinch of winter. Her children grew in unimaginable ways, and they became known as “the family of five”, an oddity along a path populated mostly by single men.

In the book, Lani takes readers with her through the Southern Rockies and delves into the story of her family, who immigrated to Leadville, Colorado, to work in the mines, and her own story of hiking the trail at early twenties before returning two decades later.

Lani’s essays and short stories have appeared in print and online anthologies and journals. His essay “The Sparrow’s Song” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lani has degrees in human ecology and creative writing from the College of the Atlantic and the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She teaches nature writing and journaling workshops and is a Maine Master Naturalist and Managing Editor at Literary Mama. She lives in Maine with her family.

Copies of Lani’s book will be on sale at the conference and at all co-sponsoring Sherman’s Books stores or online at

This event will be a hybrid program as COVID-19 levels in Hancock County allow.

To attend in person or virtually, register at An email will be sent on June 21 to let attendees know if there will be an in-person component to the conference; otherwise, it will be virtual.

E-mail [email protected] with questions or for assistance with registration.

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