pearwood

I am a photographer, walker, and sometime paddler, a theologically-educated geek living in Rochester, NY. Once upon a time I was an Army helicopter jockey in Alaska. He/him. Christian, cisgender male who strongly supports his gay/lesbian/trans/whatever friends, relatives and neighbors. I started with film, switched to digital, then went back to classic film cameras. With major back surgery in August 2019 and bunion repair in January 2020 now behind me, I am gearing up to start Appalachian Trail northbound in February, 2022 to celebrate my seventy-second birthday. Blogging for The Trek.

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It Started Well, but I Am off the Appalachian Trail for 2022

It Started Well, but I Am off the Appalachian Trail for 2022

It started well, but I am off the Appalachian Trail for 2022. I did not underestimate the difficulty of the trail, at least not too badly. What I

Mar 11, 2022 : pearwood
In Which the Restart Plan Is Revealed

In Which the Restart Plan Is Revealed

We are going to do this. I say "we" because my brother Chuck (that's he on the right) will be hiking with me from Springer Mountain to Neel Gap.

Feb 28, 2022 : pearwood
Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you, every one of you. The outpouring of love and support here and on Instagram has been overwhelming. Even if I don't get to reply to each

Feb 7, 2022 : pearwood
Time to Bail, Rethink, Replan, and Maybe Restart

Time to Bail, Rethink, Replan, and Maybe Restart

The road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began, and I must follow if I can, pursuing it with weary feet until it joins some larger

Feb 6, 2022 : pearwood
Tuesday, February 1

Tuesday, February 1

It is actually happening. I'm going on an adventure. My brother will drive me to the approach trail trailhead on Tuesday. It isn't going to be an

Jan 30, 2022 : pearwood
Trying Not to Panic

Trying Not to Panic

February 1 is getting close. I am trying not to panic. Some days it's, "It's OK, you've got this." Other days, it's, "What???" I Can Do This I

Jan 9, 2022 : pearwood
February 1, 2022

February 1, 2022

Just a quick update to say that I'm still here and getting ready to go. This is getting real. After surgery and pandemic forced me to postpone my

Oct 27, 2021 : pearwood
Still Here, and Exploring Letchworth

Still Here, and Exploring Letchworth

This post has nothing and everything to do with thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. It's about getting these old bones and, especially, my head, ready

Apr 15, 2021 : pearwood
On the trail while not on the trail

On the trail while not on the trail

My wife figured it out before I did. I told her I was feeling down and I wasn't sure why. "Is it because the other Appalachian Trail hikers

Feb 21, 2021 : pearwood
In the meantime, hiking at Letchworth

In the meantime, hiking at Letchworth

Your registration T13260 was cancelled. I finally did it. It's official. I canceled my June 1, 2021 Appalachian Trail northbound registration. It's

Jan 31, 2021 : pearwood