An Alabama Monk Hikes the Smokies
Father Aloysius Plaisance, O.S.B., (1920-1992) was a Benedictine monk and Catholic priest of Saint Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. An avid hiker and writer throughout his life, neither of these enthusiasms were curtailed in the least by his entrance into the cloister. Naturally, these two interests often intersected, resulting in written accounts of his adventures on the trail. This book collects several such stories, focused particularly on the Smoky Mountains.
If you are a hiker like Fr. Al, then pull up a chair and let a fellow hiker regale you with tales of the trail that may remind you of your own experiences. If, for whatever reason, you are not a veteran hiker yourself, why not set out on the trail vicariously with Fr. Al from the comfort and safety of your own living room, where the snakes don’t bite and the bears don’t maul? The only danger you’ll face is that of having a good time!