No Sleep

My father always got us up early to go fishing. Sometimes to the Shore, but most time in the Poconos. He was always excited, so I was excited. I guess his dad must have done it to him. My older brother is the same. We get up early. We never oversleep. It’s a curse. I’ve […]

It Begins

28 Oct 16 That is the day tattooed on the inside of my upper right arm, just below the looming image of Mt Katadin, the Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail. On that date I decided to hike the entire AT. I’m about half way done. Nearly 6 years it’s been. Half way done. At […]

Coffee Anyone?

I WROTE THIS DRAFT 9 MONTHS AGO… Brooke, Doug, and Betty! So here I am at 6am and I’ve had one cup of decaf. One cup of nothing. Decaf. I may have Afib. I may have a plaque problem. I may have Bradycardia. Actually, I do have Bradycardia, but the problem is this. I want […]


Well now. My life has been realigned once more. On Thursday, I had a Trans Ischemic Attack. A mini stroke. Year number 70 is proving to be a challenge. I’m fine. They found nothing after. I was up at 0625 trying to get into a zoom AA meeting. It was so odd. I couldn’t get […]

New Friends

Every backpacking trip I take brings gifts. Fresh air. Trees. I love trees. Streams. Waterfalls. Wildlife. Cool crawly things. The thing is, the very best gift the Appalachian Trail has given me is friends. I am a recovering alcoholic. Next month I will have 25 years clean and sober. Any of you who know addiction […]


Yes. Day one. The first day one in some time. 2 Covid shots and a new hip, both keeping me safe out here. And of course, there’s Jennie. My hiking partner these days. Yes. Jennie and I are going to Georgia!!! Tomorrow we will do the “Approach Trail” to Springer Mountain, the Southern Terminus of […]

My Life Is So Good! 2/21

Today, I spent the morning, well part of the morning, skiing at Blu Mountain with my newish friend Betty. Betty, like me , is a retired teacher. Retired. Funny word that. Re tired. Hmm. I’m not sure I would have come today had it not been for Betty. I have trouble following through with physical […]