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I'm a mid-lifer who has hiked The Whites and parts of Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Ireland. I love the outdoors, especially winter in New England (although I haven't given winter in the West a try...yet). My "mid-life-crisis" is requiring that I quit my job and hike the Appalachian Trail this year and I think I'm going to listen to THAT voice since the timid-safe voice hasn't done much for me thus far. I've been reading so much - especially the blogs on The Trek and I can't wait to meet some of this year's thru-hikers!! I'm a little undecided right now about where to start but I'm leaning on flip-flopping, starting at Harper's Ferry. Anyone else?

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Five months after life on the AT: the ripple effect

Five months after life on the AT: the ripple effect

"Kindness Rocks" found along some trails in Concord, NH   I came downstairs in my comfortable fleece pajamas, opened windows to the cool,

Oct 29, 2017 : BuzzCut
The push and pull of unrealized goals.

The push and pull of unrealized goals.

This is a stream of consciousness post (SoC), not a well thought out, edited and polished post. I have been off the AT now for about 2.5 weeks; my

Jun 25, 2017 : BuzzCut
What trekking the AT and the South Pole have in common:

What trekking the AT and the South Pole have in common:

Perseverence is directly related to the intensity with which we seek the particular reward. I've been reading the blog of a fellow AT

Jun 18, 2017 : BuzzCut
My epiphany arrived on a beatiful day at mile 376 and my hike came to an end.

My epiphany arrived on a beatiful day at mile 376 and my hike came to an end.

First day back: I slept well enough my first night back on the trail and woke about 5:30 - didn't want to get up. It hadn't rained much or heavily

Jun 10, 2017 : BuzzCut
On, off and On again: the logistics of resuming the hike.

On, off and On again: the logistics of resuming the hike.

On and Off... By day five off-trail I'd decided that I'd better make my travel arrangements before I changed my mind about resuming my hike. After

Jun 9, 2017 : BuzzCut
Middle age and what that means for a thru-hiker

Middle age and what that means for a thru-hiker

First: I am unable to post on-trail due to iPhone battery issues and data charges - that's why I haven't posted since April. Second: I'm currently

Jun 3, 2017 : BuzzCut
The “push” of social media

The “push” of social media

It's mid March and I am still preparing for my hike. My plans are (were?) to depart from Harpers Ferry April 13th and head north - NoBo. My plans

Mar 13, 2017 : BuzzCut
My first real steps toward the AT and my voice in the community

My first real steps toward the AT and my voice in the community

This feels like day one: I took the first two real steps to my AT journey this week: 1. I registered with ATC so I am eagerly anticipating the

Mar 5, 2017 : BuzzCut
Comparisons create anxiety; my current state-of-mind

Comparisons create anxiety; my current state-of-mind

It’s almost March, about 7 weeks from my solo AT through hike. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that time does fly by as I have been warned by my

Feb 22, 2017 : BuzzCut
A conqueror, an athlete and a bad-ass – that’s what.

A conqueror, an athlete and a bad-ass – that’s what.

I already wrote an entire post to answer Zach's question:

Jan 30, 2017 : BuzzCut