Some people dream of leaving everything behind and riding across the country on their best horse with their faithful dog at their side, but Melissa Chapman did it. Enchanted by the freedom a nomadic life seemed to promise, she made the journey from New York to California with no cell phone, no GPS, and no support team with a truck loaded with supplies. The 2,600-mile trek proved to be difficult but also very enriching. Chapman eloquently recounts the bold venture in Distant Skies, sharing the physical and emotional toll it took on her, and how she had to deal with various dangers and suffer loneliness.
Chapman’s tale is part American road trip, part coming-of-age voyage, and part travelogue. She paints a vivid picture of the amazing landscape she encountered and reveals the deep devotion she experienced between herself and the animals that accompanied her. Distant Skies: An American Journey on Horseback is interesting, touching, and well-written.