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Published on December 29, 2012, by admin in Adventure.

You know you’re getting close to the border when no one at the local Walmart is speaking English. I’m parked for the night at the Walmart lot in the town of Calexico, CA, only a few short miles from the Mexican border. I spent an hour or so browsing the store and selecting some fresh

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Published on December 19, 2012, by admin in Adventure.

I have been putting off writing about my accident partially because it has been difficult to type but primarily because it has been too difficult to recall. I guess it is hard for me to come to grips with the irony that I could hike for six months through some of the wildest terrain I

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Published on December 4, 2012, by admin in Adventure.

I’m camped near “Geezer City.” I hate the thought that this community of retired people has anything in common with me, even though I will agree that our lifespan is approaching similar numbers. Lets just say that I’m not going to admit it entirely. At the very least, one thing I have going for me

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Published on November 11, 2012, by admin in Adventure.

High winds associated with an approaching cold front rocked my van as I descended the Mogollon Rim on highway 87. I was in search of lower elevation and thus warmer weather. Reports were indicating snow and high winds above 4000 feet, and even though I wanted to test out my camper in chilly temps, reasoned

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Published on November 8, 2012, by admin in Adventure.

Yesterday, I drove north through Salt River Canyon and turned southeast along a narrow, lonely stretch of road to Fort Apache. The Apache Indian Reservation is a little different than other national forests – they like visitors to pay at every stop. I wanted to visit the Kinishba Ruins, but after learning they were several

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6/8/12 – 779 miles I was out early again. I think all the years of getting up at 5:00 am for work has conditioned me to a morning routine. I climbed Apple Orchard Mountain to splendid views and great weather and passed by another FAA navigation tower. Then it was mostly downhill for several miles

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6/5/12 – 722 miles Blue Sky, Comma-Kaze, Kleenex, Gandelf, Spam, Firefox, Benobo, Groove, Sicilian Gypsy, Mona, Slim Timber, Nuga, Bandana, Whiffle Chicken, and Sixty Five, just some of the hiker I met in town today. After days of walking alone a couple of weeks ago, now there are people I know everywhere. Comma-Kaze, Blue Sky,

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6/6/12 741 miles We all left town at different times. Kleenex left first, a day before the rest of us. She has a mail drop 80 miles north and needed to hurry to get there by Saturday morning. I wanted to walk around town in my new shoes for a while before heading into the

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4/30 – 274 miles. It was a short 3.5 miles into Hot Springs this morning. Five of us descended into town and hit the first restaurant we came to. I had a cheese and sausage omelet with hash browns. It didn’t take me long to eat it. I booked a room at a local motel

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4/25 – 207 miles Today was a short day from Clingmans Dome to Icewater Spring Shelter. The weather was foggy in the morning but soon burned off to a nice clear sky with many spectacular views. I passed through Newfound Gap about noon. The parking lot was full of people, taking pictures and enjoying the

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4/19 – 15 miles It was a long downhill hike into Fontana Dam. I stepped out onto the road leading to town at about 3:00 in the afternoon. There was some excitement in town because police cars were streaking up and down the road with their sirens screaming. We learned later that some young hiker

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This post is out of order. Sorry! 4/15/12 – 11 miles – The shuttle picked us up at the motel this morning and took us back to the trail. It took almost an hour by the time the elderly driver rounded up passengers at two motels and stopped at two gas stations to get twenty

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4/18/12 – 9.5 miles It rained all night long, sometimes lightly and sometimes at a downpour. Rain spoils everything. I found out my tent has a hole in it someplace. I seam-sealed it before I left but there must be a small pinhole someplace. The inside of my tent is wet along with part of

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4/17/12. 7 miles- The NOC is quite a complex. There are cabins, restaurants, stores, an outfitter, and kayak rentals. I took a shower and washed my clothes, picked up supplies, and had a half-pound cheesburger, then headed out of town. Hikers refer to places like these as blackholes. Once you get in them, you have

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4/16/12. 16 miles – Today was another big Milage day. I didn’t start out to do such a big day, but I felt realty good when I reached the place I planned to stop – it was only 3 pm – and decided to continue on. Now I’m not sure it was such a good

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Today I am at Hiawassee, GA, a town 11miles north of the trail. Several of us camped at Deep Gap shelter, 3 miles south of the road crossing and got up early to meet the shuttle to town. The Budget Inn runs hikers to and from the trail for free as long as you stay

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Sunday and Monday were good days. Holidays seem pretty much like any other day out here. You just push on North and marvel at the beauty of this landscape. I’m not meeting many day hikers now, most have gone back to there jobs and school. I feel lucky to be out here, exercising my body

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On Saturday, 4/7/12, I did another 11 miles into Low Gap shelter and tented with about 20 people. The hiking was easy in the morning, following logging roads and streams, and then there were some wicked climbs up to Poor Mountain. The views were spectacular in every direction. The weather is forecast to remain clear

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I awoke at 7am on Friday 6, to the threat of rain. I quickly made coffee, packed my tent, and headed up Blood Mountain just as it began to rain. It’s a long gradual climb – 1300 ft. – to the top at 4450 ft. Usually the views are spectacular, but today all we could

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Day three. 4/5/12. You may see a lot of errors – more than usual – because I’m typing on my phone. My battery drains faster than my iPhone did and I hurry to write a blog. The hiking was better today because of a good nights rest and gentle terrain for several miles. I’m starting

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Day two was a killer. I had Sassafras Mountain to navigate, along with several steep peaks and gaps all day long. The AT in Georgia likes to visit every mountain top it passes, and the trail builders never heard of switch-backs. By the time I hiked 11 miles to a place called Justin Creek, it

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I started up Springer approach trail at 7:30 am. It didn’t take long before my zip-off pants came off and I was sweating profusely. Even early in the morning the temperature was close to seventy. I only passed a couple of day hikers on the way and met one young thru-hiker while I was resting

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I left Pittsburgh shortly before noon on Sunday, April 1st. It was only 650 miles to my destination in Georgia so I decided to take two easy days for the drive. Even though my job for the last year has been driving 200 miles every day, it still seemed like a long, tiring trip. I

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I awoke to my last day in Buffalo at the usual early morning hour. My body was still on the work schedule of the last year and told me it was time to get up. I doubt I could have slept in anyway because there was a certain excitement to begin my long vacation. I

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Published on March 29, 2012, by admin in Adventure.

This week has gone agonizingly slow. I’m ready to get out of town and reckon back to the days of wanderer, ready to take a walk in the woods and see what lies over the next hill, and more than ready to stop living someone else s version of my life. All I have is

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Published on July 9, 2011, by admin in Adventure.

Here are a few pictures of my van. It is presently equipped with captains’ chairs that swivel, and a bench seat in the back that folds down into a bed. There are shades on all the windows, ducted A/C and heat, diverse interior lighting, and a nice sound system from the radio and TV. The

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Published on May 31, 2011, by admin in Adventure.

That was about it for our hike. We descended South Mountain and walked about three miles along the abandoned railway into Harpers Ferry. We were there so early hardly anything was open. A row of restaurants line the lower streets in the old part of town, catering mostly to tourists that visit the museums and

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Published on May 26, 2011, by admin in Adventure.

On Monday, 5/23/11, Karen and I completed our backpacking adventure on the AT. We climbed through rolling mountains, traversed long scenic ridges with expansive views, scrambled over rocks and boulders, trudged up slopes that made sweat run down our backs, and descended knee jarring switchbacks into lush valleys. We met a lot of nice people

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