Hello World, I’m Tired

Hello dear internet friends, I’m Tired.

I am also embarrassed about writing an introduction post, but that seems to be what people do on these things.

I’m not incredibly interesting, and I’m definitely not secretly a celebrity trying my hand at grassroots community involvement (honest!). I am a tired, somewhat broken military guy documenting a journey on the AT to share with friends and family.  If someone else finds solace in my trail trials and travails, then consider yourself part of that family, and I hope that the time you spend on my stories lightens your load.

I refer to myself as a “Pre-tiree” because I am at the end of a 20-year career in the military that has accounted for 11 deployments (and 1 TDY that they called a deployment) over 7 countries, 3,600 combat flight hours, 120 other sorties, 9 different aircraft, a marriage, two children, promotion to higher ranks, and at least 1 partridge in a pear tree.

As that chapter of my life closes out you can imagine there’s some stuff that needs to be dealt with. My idea, which should surprise no one, is to use the trail as an opportunity to find myself and transition from “Broken Military Guy” into “Regular Dude.”

That’s my plan. It may not work out, but at the very least it’s going to be interesting.

I’ll be making posts about once a week, not too ambitious but hopefully not too slow either. I’ve also crafted email, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram accounts to centralize my contributions. I’ll also make the generic gear post (which looks an awful lot like everyone else’s) and a “Top Ten Questions.”

Kick-off is scheduled for Mid-April.




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Comments 3

  • Quiet Man : Mar 21st

    From an old retired military dude to a soon to be retired “tired” military dude, “regular” is what you make it to be and the only opinions that count are yours and those of your closest loved ones. I look forward to seeing what you uncover. Keep hiking, we’ll keep reading.

  • jhonY : Mar 22nd

    OK, thanks. Pretty intriguing bio so you have another vicarious follower. I think it is great you are doing your hike now (and more I just bet) instead of waiting around like I did. I retired 2 months after Desert Storm. 30 years went by. Poof! And here I am– A day hiker, when I can, on the PCT.

  • Cap'n Black the Pyrate : Mar 27th

    Go for it! Looking forward to the progress updates. Aaarrghh!


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