Joe Schmidt is a native New Yorker. A Western Kentucky University dropout, he holds degrees from the University of Louisville and Spalding University. His writing has appeared in print or online in River Styx, The Louisville Review, the Prose Poem Project. After years of weekend hiking in the Ohio and Tennessee valley regions, Joe (aka "Triton") hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2011. He also hiked a 500 mile section of the AT in 2014.
Recently I slept in a tent for three nights alongside Nolin River Lake in Grayson County, Kentucky. Twenty or more men, ages thirty-some to
I was hiking the Knobstone Trail in southern Indiana. I'd been out a day or two. I was trying to prepare for a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail.
This has not been a hiking year for me. I keep in shape as I do not own a car and Atlanta has many parks, and many hills. In recent months I have
Like so many other native New Yorkers, I live in metropolitan Atlanta, the economic and cultural hub of the American Southeast; in fact, its gateway
I'd love to write today about the transcendence to be found hiking the wooded path, but I can't. Recent events in Orlando cast a shadow over my
I was eating a donut after an English department faculty meeting at a community college where I taught writing when Michael, who had hired me years
Days were regularly warm now. At night the lightning bugs lit up the darkness with their familiar space alien green florescence. Except for
The Keffer Oak, estimated to be three hundred years old, is the second largest oak on the Appalachian Trail. The Dover Oak, in New York is slightly
The previous night, the sky seemed airbrushed with the Milky Way. A dozen hikers formed a tent village in the woods around Saunders Shelter under
April is National Poetry Month, a fact I mention here only so much as poetry has been an inspiration and activity related to my hiking. Poetry, and