The Clearly Defined Why.

I was telling a friend of mine that I feel like quitting at least once in every hike. Quitting this thing that I have to finish the AT. I remember when she spoke to me from the trail, when she was in a low spot mentally, and was thinking about quitting. BTW. I think that […]

Dismal Creek

Well. I’m camped on the bank of Dismal Creek. I’ll have to look up why they call it that when I can get back on the net tomorrow at Trent’s Garage. I’m quitting. No more hiking for a while. I need to get my heel checked out. It’s sore. Last hike it turned black and […]


You know. There are people in the world and there are special people in the world. The kind that immediately disarm you. Remember when you were a kid, and you went into a friends house? There were two kinds of moms. The ones that made you feel like you should just turn around and leave […]

The Lehigh Gap

I have a friend who has been telling me, for years, about the “Blue” Trail, a loop off the AT, with great views of the Lehigh to the North of the Ridge. I have been so focused on extending my completed section of the AT, that any other hiking seems a waste of time. I […]

All In

I’m “All In.” That’s my trail name, for a number of reasons. Mostly because I rarely do anything with any kind of moderation. Hiking. Coaching. Drinking. Man was I ever “All In” with Alcohol. Not proud of that. Not even proud of being 24+ years sober. I’m rarely proud of anything, anymore. Pride. Pride is […]

What’s to do?

I can’t just do. I have to do toward a goal. Doing for the sake of doing doesn’t work for me. I did that for 9 years. Retired and goal-less. I was sure I could occupy myself. I enjoy so many things. Painting. Walking. Cycling. Surfing. Golf. SUP. Kayaking. Fishing. Guitar. Piano. Woodworking. Reading. Writing. […]

It’s Easter

I was just sitting here thinking that this is the strangest Easter Weekend ever. Then I am looking for a photo to start me off. Writing I mean. Some photo that will match this weird Easter feeling I have. Then there’s Jim. Jim was my best and most trusted AA friend. Jim drank himself to […]

Why Not?

Monday morning i was doubled over in pain and nausea. My digestive system had decided on revenge. I think it was the curry. A new recipe. It started as heartburn. Then stomach burn. Then gut rumble then, the worst nausea/pain I had ever experienced in my nearly 70 years. There was no choice but to […]

Covid 19

That’s me. Having a squamous cell carcinoma removed from my left jawline. I’m wearing a mask. My doc, Campanelli, who I have a crush on, has a mask, eye protection, and is wearing nearly a hazmat suit. Yup, I said crush. Another blog entry needed there. I’m living through a Global Pandemic. Did you think […]