I Can’t Hike!

My world has filled up with possibilities!!! I can’t believe it. Ever not know you’ve been down until you come out of that fog? I’m out. I can’t hike. I’m having my hip replaced on Thursday. It’s become such a good thing. In my obsession to hike like crazy until the surgery, my eyes were […]

It’s Dark Out There!

Well, I left home after lunch and drove to Culver Gap in Branchville, NJ. I found a spot in the lot and backed in, looked out my window, and there was a guy sitting under an umbrella, in front of a whole selection of trail food! “Moose” is a Trail Angel extraordinaire. I asked him […]

Gren Anderson!

That’s me at Gren Anderson Shelter. I’m just out for a few days to keep my wits about me, as my hip replacement surgery ticks it’s way closer. August 6th is H-Day. Last night after only a one and a half mile hike, I set up camp. It looked stormy, so I hurried. No rain. […]


I think by now you all know, I’m an AA guy. Actually, I love Alcoholics Anonymous. I truthfully don’t know where I would be today if it weren’t for “the rooms,” as we like to call them. I’m sitting in the parking lot of a local park, waiting for the AA meeting to show itself. […]

Thank you

That’s me, Doug Shobert, my ex brother-in-law Chick, and my soon to be daughter Marta at 2 years. The weekend after a football game. How about that shirt? Elephants. A harbinger of the future? That hair. Ha. Wow. The young man I was then is still alive and well inside me. (Sometimes, it’s all I […]

VA Day 2: Ugh.

Otzi our host at Garden Mountain Hostel, had a bad day. Therefore, I too had a bad start to my day. The night before, everything was ok. He was gracious, I met Tuna and Minnow from PA. (Pennsylvania was all over this trip, BTW.) I stayed up too late chatting with the three of them […]

Day 3

The night before day 3, a hiker came into the shelter, as I was heading down the hill to take care of business. I’m a little foggy here. I know we spoke briefly that night or the next morning. Mostly about how far down the hill we had to go for water. There was no […]


I had the best time yesterday. When I left Garden Mountain Hostel yesterday, I stopped in to Matties. I didn’t know what to expect. It was so beautiful! It’s run by an Amish family. One of the guys who works at the Hostel told me that these were “Mennonite Amish.” I kept quiet because the […]

Ahhhhhh! I’m 70!

Those are some dirty feet. My feet! No shower for 4 days Wrong socks. Bad shoes. Uncomfortable sleeping pad. My first serious backpacking trip It was day 4 on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. 40 miles. Just me and the trail and the woods. They said it would be easy. It was not easy. They […]