I usually awaken each morning in darkness but remain in my sleeping bag until I sense first light. I could tell the temperatures had dropped significantly overnight. I stayed inside my warm bag for another hour. It was 9:00 o'clock before I had eaten breakfast and packed up. Not a great start but today though … Continue reading A full day of experiences, interactions and decisions
I have faced several setbacks on my Appalachian Trail adventure. Nevertheless I haven't been deterred in the least bit. In fact amazing things have taken place in my life despite the disappointments. My eyes and mind have remained on why I started in the first place. All my goals are still in front of me … Continue reading Hallelujah, On the Trail again…
Hopefully I'll be on trail soon. This stopping and starting is not what I had planned. I'll admit it has shaken my confidence a little. But I've got two things in my favor. One is, I don't give up easy. My old basketball Coach used to say "Winners never quit and quitters never win". I'm … Continue reading Smoky Mountain Retreat
I was having lunch with a friend and hiker the other day. A question was proposed as to what I think might be different this time around? Immediately I thought of what gear changes were planned, trail conditions, diet, and weather. All the physical things. I could tell by her expression that I hadn't understood … Continue reading How do I think this hike will be different?
I have to be honest. This has been a great summer. The disappointment of leaving the trail was put to rest rather quickly. Thanks to the encouragement I received from all my friends. I also think my focus on mindfulness helped. I left the negative thoughts behind and focused on the experience of living on … Continue reading It’s time to go hiking again!
My foot is healing and if I have no further issue I plan to be on the trail early September. Due to the season winding down and no chance to make Maine this year, a new option is shaping up going forward. I will star where my daughters dropped me off last April. Heading southbound … Continue reading Highlights and health report
Virginia is rocky at times That's where I started that morning I guess a better question is could I have continued? I probably could have but for how long? Other things besides my feet were also flowing through my thoughts. I had lost 30 lbs. I didn't feel bad but others had noticed and had … Continue reading Why am I off the Trail and What’s the Plan Now?
The decision had been made to return home, recover and take care of some scheduled dental work as well as process what I had experienced. That will be in my next post. Harpers Ferry lay ahead and I was excited to reach this historic town. It also is home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. I … Continue reading 50 miles to Harpers ferry
Big Meadows to Skyland Resort and then Luray Va. 8 miles. This was another disappointing change of plans that in the end made sense. I ha d been told to take only 2 or3 days food into Shenandoah. The idea being that there were restaurants along the way to supplement and resupply opportunities at the … Continue reading Shenandoah finish plus a fork in the road
Part 1 First of all I'd like to say Waynesboro is a great town. Food, history, and friendly to hikers. Had a great time! Ming's Chinese Buffet did not disappoint. Leaving Waynesboro you enter the Shenandoah National Park. We got a late start but only had 7.5 miles to Calf Mountain Shelter. The weather was … Continue reading Shenandoah National Park