C.M. Pagels

My name is Bard the Changeling and in 2010 I hiked the AT from Pennsylvania to Maine. The AT and I have some unfinished business, approximately 1,175 miles of unfinished business. The strength and lessons wrought from hiking everyday have lost its luster in my current form. I want to find my balance again.

Posts

Seeing the Elephants

Seeing the Elephants

Long-distance hikers are cut from the same cloth as pioneers. If dropped in 19th century America, we too would’ve struck it out west on the Oregon

Nov 17, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
Acorns are Falling on my Head

Acorns are Falling on my Head

10 Days of Rain The rain started as I descended into Damascus and I couldn't have been more happier about it. I've never been too concerned about the

Oct 13, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
So Long, Citrus Bandit

So Long, Citrus Bandit

Mice Strike Back Curfluffle. The sound of a small bag falling woke me in the night. Blinking confusingly, I turn over into my warm sleeping bag.

Sep 28, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
Into Autumn

Into Autumn

Boom. Out of the corner of my eye a globe red-orange light erupted twenty yards southwest of me and sounded like a 10-guage shotgun going off next to

Sep 15, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
Heroines like Hannah Duston

Heroines like Hannah Duston

Virginia is for lovers (and haters) Virginia gave me a challenge. I looked forward to the ease of Pennsylvania and Maryland, but I quickly realized

Sep 4, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
Micro-Sponsorship Random Food Drops-Review Pt.1

Micro-Sponsorship Random Food Drops-Review Pt.1

A Reminder Before I left for the trail, I contacted friends and family requesting if they wanted to send me a food drop. There was a good response

Sep 3, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
Looking at My Feet

Looking at My Feet

Looking for a bed I lost my way, or rather, my mind wasn't right when I regrouped the trail again. Seeking, seeking, I'm always seeking for creature

Aug 18, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
Hot-pot, Cicadas, Sesquicentennial, Verdant Fields, and Disappointment

Hot-pot, Cicadas, Sesquicentennial, Verdant Fields, and Disappointment

Hot-Pot is straight kill-ah It's easy to know that I will change my mind, but less so when I will do it. The first night in the Wilderness, my mind

Aug 12, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
Baptism Through Fire-100 Mile-Wilderness

Baptism Through Fire-100 Mile-Wilderness

Circumstances Change for the Changeling Millinocket, ME, Appalachian Trail Cafe- Outside the Wilderness there is a Moosehead Lake tourist town

Jul 25, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
How will I meet the AT this time?

How will I meet the AT this time?

It seems I instantly romanticized my previous hike. Reading my 2010 journals, I found no struggles or hardship. It's as if I walked a manicured

Jul 4, 2015 : C.M. Pagels