Jack ponders life finally online

My grandson Jack had an idea for a podcast and I wanted to assist him and provide encouragement. (The link is found below.) It sounded like a good way to answer the many questions people have asked of me. I suggested I could be his first guest. So we went into the studio and recorded his questions about my hike. It was a challenge to learn all steps of editing and then getting it out on YouTube. Jack did an awesome job. The thoughtfulness of the questions really caught me by surprise. I stumbled a little bit and have found a few errors in my answers which we didn’t take the time to edit out. For a first effort I think we (he) did a great job. Can’t wait for his second episode. Having said that here are a couple of corrections or clarifications:

Minute 2:10 The comment is confusing. Actually Mike Simmons a friend and fellow hiker loaned me the book and many others about the trail. Frank Harrison was introduced to me as someone who had hiked the Trail previously. We became friends and hiked together from Max Patch to Hot Springs NC. His knowledge and experience have been a big help to my abilities and confidence for making this attempt to thru hike the AT.

Minute 4:50 I attended a class on 10 things to know about hiking the Appalachian Trail given by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Minute 11: A shout out to Zpacks the maker of my tent and backpack. Two of the best gear choices I made!

Jack ponders life link to YouTube



24 thoughts on “Jack ponders life finally online

    1. I think I get your joke. The fellow that made that statement was getting paid. I am hiking with very little expectations and no pay, but a cup of coffee is probably a requirement.


  1. I Loved the podcast….your grandson has a future in journalism! He asked some great questions.countdown to your journey,I hope you stay safe,and experience the greatest adventure of your life.I was hoping to give you your last haircut before you left,missed you a couple of weeks ago!

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      1. oh! I didn’t think about the bear thing! I am hoping that’s awhile out!


  2. I am having trouble as well navigating this 😦 I left the anonymous comment about my veggies! Not sure how it didn’t recognize me but I will figure it out 🙂

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  3. I listened this morning….what a great job from a very articulate and intelligent young man! Enjoyed the whole thing very much, and looking forward to following along on your journey!

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      1. Thanks for listening! You don’t have to follow. If you do you will get notified when I post something new. My plan is to do that once or twice a week when I am in town.


    1. Thank you Holly! I hope you will subscribe to his channel. He is pretty excited now that we worked through some of the problems. I won’t be able to help for awhile but his aunt(my daughter Anna) is starting one for teachers so she can help as well. His guest list is pretty cool!

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  4. Just finished listening to Jack’s first podcast. He did a great job! I also enjoyed listening to your interview and an update on what you talked about. Best of luck Tom…so excited to follow your journey!

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    1. Thanks Christy! It was done over his Christmas break from school. It was quite an experience for both of us. I hoped to have a follow up as some of my thoughts have changed since then. Keep posting pictures of your garden. I’ll be able to enjoy them from the trail!


      1. I will definitely do that. Right now all of the potato plants are up and thriving. I also have a couple of lettuce varieties and arugula plus sugar snap peas in the works. It will be only a couple more weeks before it is warm enough for other things to go in the ground! Have a great weekend!


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