Cheryl and Ray Galli

Hey everyone, my name is Ray “OneFoot” Galli, I’m 50 years old and just finished a 20 year career in the CT Department of Corrections. An Appalachian Trail thru-hike has been on my mind for many years. Cheryl, my wife of nearly 30 years, and I have spent years talking about and planning for my walk for 2018. Now, it seems, my time has finally come! The kids are grown (though not fully independent quite yet), the house is sold and the career that supported my family well but never fulfilled me is soon to be in the past. I’ve always had a passion for hiking and backpacking and have done about 500 miles in sections on the AT. I grew up in Vermont and enjoyed a lot of time hunting, fishing, hiking and playing in the woods as a kid and teen. Time to start walking and see where this journey leads me. Cheryl and I will be blogging together; me from the trail, she from home in Connecticut…Oh, and my trail name comes from my frequent reminders to myself & others to just put one foot in front of the other – & see where the journey takes you. Cheryl's trail (angel) name is Should Be Good...for her response to nearly every adventure I suggest.

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OneFoot’s AT Adventure: It’s Life on Steroids

OneFoot’s AT Adventure: It’s Life on Steroids

"You're out there for days, weeks and months by yourself where you have nothing to deal with other than your own thoughts, dreams and especially who

Oct 12, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Katahdin: This Dream Is Ours to Capture

Katahdin: This Dream Is Ours to Capture

Had I written this post last evening, it would have been an absolute shit show.  For the first time since OneFoot started this walk in March, I had a

Sep 21, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Old Friends, Free Crullers, and Voicemails from Gram

Old Friends, Free Crullers, and Voicemails from Gram

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when

Sep 2, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Walking North: Trail Legs, Family, and Hiker Funk

Walking North: Trail Legs, Family, and Hiker Funk

But their strength is the strength of numbers and of stubbornness and persistence; do not underestimate it. – Robin McKinley Bascom Lodge, Mount

Aug 11, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Déjà Vu: Back in Familiar Territory

Déjà Vu: Back in Familiar Territory

“It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you.” ― Bellvale Farms

Jul 22, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Refresh, Renew, Hike On – And Repeat

Refresh, Renew, Hike On – And Repeat

Rest when you are weary.  Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit.  Then get back to work – Ralph Marston   Oh,

Jul 9, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Halfway to Maine and Miles to Go Before I Sleep

Halfway to Maine and Miles to Go Before I Sleep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. – Robert

Jun 22, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
The Trail Always Provides: Blackberries, Trail Magic, and Family

The Trail Always Provides: Blackberries, Trail Magic, and Family

“Happiness is not a goal. It's a by-product of a life well lived.” ― Shenandoah National Park.  OneFoot absolutely loved this section of the trail. 

Jun 18, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Learn to be Still: A Story of Change and Growth

Learn to be Still: A Story of Change and Growth

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and

Jun 7, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Embrace the Rain?  Embrace the Suck?  Nah, Take a Zero.

Embrace the Rain? Embrace the Suck? Nah, Take a Zero.

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." - Newt Gingrich (yup, I’m quoting Newt

May 23, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli