Rick "Quiet Man"

At 63 years old, I have already had the adventures of a lifetime, especially with a 30-year Army career behind me, as well as five years as a high school Social Studies teacher, and a 40-year marriage still going strong. Still have this deep desire to complete the Appalachian Trail. I grew up in northcentral Pennsylvania hunting, fly fishing, backpacking and camping. My Army career gave me considerably more outdoor experience. Now fully retired and living in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, I first started section hiking the AT in 2019. I also frequently day hike in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

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Day 3: SASH #9 Virginia – Farewell Shenandoah

Day 3: SASH #9 Virginia – Farewell Shenandoah

“Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me; If I spring a leak, she mends me” Up on Cripple Creek, The Band I cannot write that I had a peaceful night’s

Jun 12, 2024 : Rick "Quiet Man"
Day 2: SASH #9 Virginia – Steam Engine Mode

Day 2: SASH #9 Virginia – Steam Engine Mode

“You could have a steam train, if you’d just lay down your tracks.” Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel I can confirm that the previous night was indeed not

Jun 10, 2024 : Rick "Quiet Man"
Day 1: Short Ass Section Hike (SASH) #9 Virginia – Shinrin-Yoku

Day 1: Short Ass Section Hike (SASH) #9 Virginia – Shinrin-Yoku

"Good day sunshine. We take a walk, the sun is shining down." Good Day Sunshine. The Beatles The first short ass section hike (SASH) of 2024 is

Jun 8, 2024 : Rick "Quiet Man"
Quiet Man Hikes Virginia

Quiet Man Hikes Virginia

“Virginia moon, I'll wait for you tonight.” Virginia Moon, Foo Fighters If you have been curious enough to read my “hiker intro trilogy,” you are

May 28, 2024 : Rick "Quiet Man"
Quiet Man Hikes the AT: Why

Quiet Man Hikes the AT: Why

“There ain't a single thing we own; We'll take with us when we're gone; So I'll just walk the earth a while.” Same Kind of Crazy as Me, Cody

May 19, 2024 : Rick "Quiet Man"
Evolution of a Section Hiker

Evolution of a Section Hiker

“I'm taking a walk. I'm going outside.” Taking A Walk, John Prine The Appalachian Trail is about 2,200 miles and it supposedly takes ~5,000,000

May 12, 2024 : Rick "Quiet Man"
Quiet Man Hikes the AT: Who, What, Where, When

Quiet Man Hikes the AT: Who, What, Where, When

“Rays and beams of incredible dreams. And I am a quiet man.” Quiet Man - John Prine Off-trail, people my age usually identify ourselves by what we

May 5, 2024 : Rick "Quiet Man"