Three Will Be The Charm

That’s me and a couple of my friends, the two Johns, out for a typical Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail hike. Rocks! Rocks and more rocks. That was 15 days after my last hospital stay, for my SECOND UTI since the surgery. I hiked too soon. It’s Friday. On Wednesday night, I began to feel feverish. Can […]

Groundhog Day

I like routine. I like people fussing over me. I like it when my only decision of the day, is what to circle on the next meal’s menu. I like getting these goofy hair wash caps with who knows what inside and scrubbing my scalp in the morning. I like nice people. Nurses are really […]

2 steps back

You know the saying, right? The thing is, I’m not even getting the one step forward these days.  Setback after setback. That’s me up there. I just got home from the hospital. I went in for an outpatient procedure; green light laser surgery. I came home, got through the night, and went into my urologist’s […]

Half day

Originally posted on Karma AT2019:
Mile 494—Stealth camp Sunday, April 28 Weelll… best laid plans, right? It was raining, windy, and cold when my alarm went off at 4:30. The rain was what did it, though. I just could not—could not—face packing up in the rain again, and carrying that wet heavy mess. So I…

Pole Vault!

That would be my grandson, Vinnie, just about to clear 13′. When I sent this picture and a video to my brother John, he reminded me that our dad pole vaulted in high school! That would have been around 1932, in DuBois, PA. Our dad was a super athlete, and musician. He was the captain […]

Life Savers

When my oldest daughter, Jennie, was 8, she was hit by a car. I think maybe it was the most traumatic day of my life. I was home, heard a commotion in front of our house on Rt 313 in Quakertown , PA, ran out the front doors, and was the first one at the […]

Confession, finally!

I’ve been trying to get to the Priest Shelter for months! Today I made it!!! I’ll get to that. I started at the base of Spy Rock Road, just outside Montebello, VA. It was about a mile up to the Trail and Spy Rock. That is Spy Rock. The view from the top is fantastic, […]