Real Men

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We had grounds to be proud. We were real hikers now. We had shit in the woods and slept with bears. We had become, we would forever be, mountain men.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) by Bill Bryson

No Longer Horrible

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“No one will ever call me Horace the Horrible again.”
“Is that so bad?” asked Minuette.
Sir Horace considered. Without his armor on, he could hear the birds singing and smell the meadow flowers…”Maybe Not,” he said.

Horace the Horrible: A Knight Meets His Match, written by Jackie French Koller and illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

Icy Macho-ism

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My water bottle was frozen solid. This seemed gratifyingly macho, and I examined it with interest, as if it were a rare mineral.”

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) by Bill Bryson

Swagger

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” I wanted a little of that swagger that comes with being able to gaze at a far horizon through eyes of chipped granite and say with a slow, manly sniff, “Yeah, I’ve shit in the woods.”

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) by Bill Bryson