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Today was a long strange day and one I will remember fondly for a long time. I woke up to rain. The Woman’s March in downtown Atlanta was scheduled to start at 1:00. I knew it would probably be … more
“Did the trail change you” is the question I get almost every time someone finds out that I thru—hiked the AT. Every time they ask the question part of me wants to say “no” — I’m the … more
The problem with history is that it is so hard to see while it is happening. It is difficult to recognize the nuances or even the macro paradigm shifts as they are occurring. Usually it’s "too … more
All my life I seem to have taken the hard route to where ever I was going. I made a lot of mistakes and traveled many dead-end roads and had to stop, reverse course and look for the right way. A … more
“It has become abundantly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity.” – attributed to Albert Einstein. I might suggest that lots of things have surpassed our humanity including … more
With the third and final debate now behind us, and political vitriol spreading like wildfire, it’s no wonder why so many Americans have become apathetic about the election process and, … more
When my daughter got into my wife’s car on the last day of middle school she casually sighed, “Well, those were the worst three years of my life.” Middle school – hormones, cliques, peer … more
“Magic” is my most treasured memory from the Trail – "trail magic." That is a hiker term for acts of grace and giving that seem to permeate the trail for all hikers. On the simplest of … more
So the hike is over. It ended yesterday on top of Mount Katahdin about 9 a.m. I was the only person on the summit. I took my own obligatory picture with that Katahdin sign and rang the virtual bell … more
Q: What and how do hikers eat? A: These answers tend to vary with the stage of the Trail. At the beginning of the hike hikers will be carrying everything up to and including the kitchen sink. … more
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