Good Morning Everyone,
Hard to believe that it has been three weeks since finishing my 2014 thru hike. While I do miss the journey and the sights, I am happy to be back home with friends and family. I am being slowly reintroduced into society and so far haven’t embarrassed myself too much with my wild ways.
I owe a lot of thanks, first and foremost, to my wonderful wife Pauline. Being there for the first 700 miles was a time of our lives I will never forget. After that, she led the coordination of my gear needs and care packages and served as emotional support when I needed it most. Thank you sweetheart!
I also wanted to thank the Steele family, I really enjoyed the time we spent hiking together. I hope you guys are enjoying your time home as well.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to follow the blog. The words of encouragement were great and needed from time to time. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did creating it.
And then there are those who were kind enough to send additions to my care packages. Thank you for the trail mix, cookies and other goodies. Each time I received a care package, I tore into it like a 6-year-old at Christmas. Sadly, eating SueG cookies for breakfast is a habit I can no longer sustain.
To those who are thinking of hiking the AT: DO IT! If any of you have questions or would like my perspective, feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to share my thoughts on gear and strategy.
To those who haven’t tried backpacking: DO IT! Humans starting walking upright around 3 million years ago. The horse wasn’t tamed until about 4000 BCE. In the interim, humans walked from place to place all the time; we are hardwired for it. The mental and physical benefits I experienced on my trip were amazing.
So with that I will leave with more pictures from my summit of Katahdin.
Big Bear Signing Off