Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Laughing Dog: Appalachian Trail Completion Rates

The Laughing Dog: Appalachian Trail Completion Rates.

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7 Ways To Eliminate Foot Pain While Hiking | Erik The Black’s Backpacking Blog

7 Ways To Eliminate Foot Pain While Hiking | Erik The Black’s Backpacking Blog.

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Increased Bear Activity on AT Leads to Food Canister Rule « The Adventure Post

Increased Bear Activity on AT Leads to Food Canister Rule « The Adventure Post.

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A Little Over a Week….

Food boxes packed – check

Gear ready to be loaded into pack – check

Stuff dropped off at Goodwill – check

I can’t believe that in a little over a week, I will be getting on a train and heading to Georgia to start my Appalachian Trail adventure.  The support I have gotten from my friends has been amazing.  It’s going to be very hard to say goodbye, even though it’s only for six months.  I’m getting incredibly nervous; part of me wants to be on my way so my nerves will settle.  The beauty is that I know what to do about nerves – don’t give them energy and stay positive.  My biggest fears right now are being too cold at night, and running out of money before I finish.  I have a 30 degree down bag, with an emergency bivy sack if I get too cold.  I have plenty of  high-tech clothes to wear in my bag, and two sleeping pads – it’s just fear (false evidence appearing real).  As for the money deal; I have enough – I need to remember that I’m not going to be spending out there like I do at home.  No rent, no bills, no gas, no car – it’s just food, new shoes every 500 miles or so,  and an occasional night in a bed.  I have to shift my thinking, which will happen when I get out and start walking.  Just a few more days….

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In 20 days, this is what my life will look like

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Life-loving hiker caps trek in Oakland – SFBay

Life-loving hiker caps trek in Oakland – SFBay.

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Adventure Travel – National Geographic Adventure Blog

Adventure Travel – National Geographic Adventure Blog.

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This is a Test

This is awesome, I can speak instead of type while I’m hiking. I’ll be able to tell my story without having to take the time to type it.  I love technology.

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Raw Revolution

I wanted to take this opportunity to throw a shout out to Raw Revolution energy bars.  They graciously agreed to provide me with bars for my hike, and they arrived, as promised, last week.  I love these bars.  They are made from natural, raw, ingredients and provide everything I need to keep my energy up while hiking.  They provided me with enough that I will be able to give folks samples along the trail, as well as some stickers to hand out.  Hikers like stickers!  32 days until I hit the trail, I’m getting excited…and nervous.

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The Pioneering Wolf that Reminds Us of Ourselves

The Pioneering Wolf that Reminds Us of Ourselves.

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