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  1. Mom and Me on the AT: Hiking in Peru

    I am posting the link to my AT blog. I recently finished the Inca Trail as part of a "training hike" gearing up for my time on the AT!
  2. Returning to New England, and a first time in New Hampshire

    This summer I have reconciled myself to two facts:
    1) the Phillies won't win the World Series in 2014.
    2) I'm not yet ready to hike the White Mountains.
    I arrived at both conclusions based on the lack of ability of specific people to do tasks required for these goals.

    I'll spare everyone -- myself included -- the details on how I came to conclusion (1).

    I reached conclusion (2) based on my lack of ability to handle significant elevations changes ...
  3. Mom and Me on the AT: "hike your own hike"

    So the blog post I was going to share here is entirely too long to post. I am just going to provide links to my blog. Enjoy!
  4. Hit a dry spell - Part 2

    When you last heard from me, I was Johns Spring Shelter, having seen a bear but not one place to get a drop of water. No surprise that I abandoned the idea of washing myself and my clothes; instead I resolved to get water the next day. Since I was the only there as it began to get dark, I planned on a quiet night under this roof.

    Then "Uncle," "Nephew," and "Niece" (U-N-N, for short) arrived.
    I like telling the truth -- and the WHOLE truth -- in ...
  5. Maybe I'm mediocre after all!

    My wife and I still joke, after 30 years, about a TV announcer repeatedly bad-mouthing our football team -- until, when they were up by over three touchdowns, he said, "Maybe they have a good team after all." I make this post -- about a hike two weeks ago (yes, I'm falling behind) -- in that spirit. Last year's hikes, which I described as "too muddy, too muggy, too buggy", made me feel I was too slow to complete all 2185 miles of The Trail. This trek revived my confidence. ...