I come from a big, mixed family, which has been pivotal in developing a sense of closeness with those around me. It also plays a role in my ever-changing definition of the word "family" and the individuals I include in it. Growing up, I wanted to become a Renaissance Man - to be well rounded in my interests of art, literature, sport and social interaction. I love reading (especially sci-fi and fantasy series), and I have a great respect for the written word and the power it can carry. I've been a runner, a wrestler, an editor, a tutor, and most importantly a listener. I find the best way to connect with a person is to simply listen to them. I've had three jobs since graduating with a college degree - none of which have related to that degree - and I think I'm well on my way to becoming that Renaissance Man I always envisioned. Now I'm taking time away from my career path to hike the Appalachian Trail as part of the 2020 NOBO class, and continue to develop my personal philosophy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reached even the wilderness of the Appalachian Trail, and now I'm figuring out how to replace my dream lifestyle.
The highlights from Launch to our first zero day!
Hindsight Is 20:20 I’m sure there are lots of things I will look back at and wish I changed. For example, in my last post I used the section header
Preparing for a thru-hike is a grand undertaking. Find out which parts of prep were most valuable to me!
I'm a young man abandoning my previous plan for life, to spend time walking in the woods... which is something I've never even enjoyed that much. Let me explain why!