Day 2 Finishing VA Pt. 1

I couldn’t write after Day 1! I was whipped. Schnockered. It took me forever to do the last uphill mile of a 7.2 mile day. I took my pack off and just sat 3 times! My legs were done. My Spirit was almost extinguished. Almost. I was trying to push but not kill myself! Literally. […]

Alone Tonight

I’m all by myself tonight. Something large enough to break branches while walking through the woods is approaching. It’s night hikers!!! Whew. They are gone. The more normal sounds are back. Me rubbing against the side of the tent. My pulse. A frog sounding like…unlike anything else in nature. A sort of quick repetitive clicks. […]

Stealth

(From the last night on VA) I made a good decision. Instead of pushing another 2 miles, 2 miles is forever after a long day, I decided to find a good stealth site. A couple of guys I passed said it looked like some good camping about s half mile up. I got to where […]

First Solo

Well, I’m here. Virginia. First solo hike since the TIA. But before I get to that, I have something I want to tell you about. My friend Paige. I met Paige in 1966. She was 16. I was 15. She lived about 4 miles uphill from my house in Chalfont, on a bicycle. I only […]

Georgia?

Doesn’t that look like a lovely day? Warm. Sunny. Georgia. This is what I got. It is freezing!!! I’m in my bag. 4pm. Snow. Sleet. At least no freezing rain. It will be in the mid 20s tonight! I have expedition weight long underwear on under the tights I wear when hiking. Then my shorts. […]

Kanga…Roo!

I’ve been working on completing the AT for just about 6 years. I’ve met so many nice people out there. I’ve met some really interesting ones. Tall ones. Round and square ones. And then there are a handful of the Special Ones. “They call me Kangaroo,” she said. Sounding sort of like she wasn’t sure […]

Staying busy.

I don’t know what I would do with myself if I had never begun painting. This is only a sampling of what I have painted. I go through periods, I suppose we all do, where I don’t feel like doing ANYTHING. It’s like a black hole. I don’t want to see people. I don’t want […]

NJ Overnight!

So, Scott, Betty and I did 11 miles today with full packs. A good warm up for Georgia. Betty and I are headed there on April 1st. We will finish the state. GA is really tough. Very up and down, and up over 5000 ft in one spot. It could be warm or we could […]