I’m finally here, but I’m not sure where that is.

FB_IMG_1435502849969Welcome to me, Bookie, a bit of a late bloomer here on Appalachian Trials.
Just a quick idea of who I am and then let’s talk about the good stuff.  I have been blogging on my own page for the past six months and you’re welcome to go check out some of my older stuff.  I am currently hiking the Appalachian Trail with my best friend and cohort, No Shame (AKA Star), who happens to have four legs, lots of fur, and has been bringing numerous ‘friends’ to bed with her each night (ticks are becoming a serious problem).  We are enjoying ourselves immensely and hope to share some of our journey through stories and photos.

McAfee Knob - taking in the sights!

McAfee Knob – taking in the sights!

Top 10 reasons I might be forced to leave the AT:
1) Running into a tree
2) Attempting to dance while walking along a trail cut into a steep mountainside
3) Tripping:
– over my own feet (a proud size 13 mens!)
– over roots and rocks
– over my trekking poles
– over my own shadow
– over my dog
– over the 3 inch stick that got caught between my feet.

These socks might be "Darn Tough" but the shoes have taken a beating.  One trip to many.

These socks might be “Darn Tough” but the shoes have taken a beating. One trip too many.

4) Snorting a bug up my nose – it’s been decided they are attracted to the whistling my nose ring makes (it also appears bugs have a general attraction to orifices).
5) Inhaling water, trail mix or other item, while hiking.
6) Running head first into a low branch.
7) Injuring myself while on a town day, most likely #3 or #1, but any vertical object would suffice.

Towns provide multiple objects, many of which are moving.

Towns provide multiple objects, many of which are moving.

8) Attempting a trail record for a mud slide.
9) Forgetting to breath.
10) Attempting to make this list on my cell phone while walking a ridgeline in VA which was neither flat nor easy and EXTREMELY rocky.

Looking forward to continuing our journey and taking time to share it with all of you!

They left me unattended...

They left me unattended…

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