Hello all, I currently live and work in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I'm married with three children and have recently retired from a career of teaching special education. Film photography is one of my obsessions. Recently, my time has been spent studying graphic design and training. Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is something I have thought about for decades. I had all but given up on the idea when the cartilage in my hip joints prematurely wore out due to dysplasia. After replacement surgery in 2015, I was determined to get my life back to as “normal” as possible. Currently, I am on track to begin thru-hiking the beginning of March 2018. “Normal” will have to be redefined. victorperrotti.com
Closure to My Hike after All These Months
I've been putting this blog off for a while. It has been almost four months since I summited Katahdin (August 14) and it's time to bring some closure to my hike. I kept delaying because I didn't want it to be over. As I approached Katahdin, I didn't want it to be over even though I felt physically beaten down and longed for family and home.
Finding a Rhythm
It's been a while since I posted a blog. I have found it difficult to blog and get my miles in. I am doing well and am currently in New Jersey. I
Bring on the Virginia Blues
I'm in my home state! I was ecstatic on Wednesday, April 18, when I crossed the boundary line from Tennessee to Virginia. Virginia is the state that
Longing for Summer as Winter Hangs On
At Nature's Inn Hostel and Cabins for a nero day as winter won't let go. Last night at Hogback Ridge Shelter was interesting. I was sleeping in my
Taking Stock with a Zero in Franklin
Sitting on the sidewalk with friends, outside the pharmacy killing time until the outfitter opens, I reflect on the past week and a half. I wasn’t
Leaving the Rat Race Behind
As my thoughts turn to life on the trail, I thought of a poem that I had written after a day hike on Big Run Trail in Shenandoah National Park. I
Tying Up the Nuts and Bolts as Start Date Approaches
I would be lying if I were to say that I was feeling no apprehension about by upcoming thru-hike. I am just over two weeks away from my start date. I
Training for the Mountains at Sea Level
Training for a thru-hike in the mountains while living on the coast.
Hip Surgery Behind Him, Thru-Hike Comes Into Focus
I had been given back my gait and was walking without a limp. I was balanced again. I was back on the trail and in a much better place.
Thoreau in my Backpack
discover a quiet hopeful mind fishing in the stream of time leave the rat race far behind ground control’s got your back pay bills, mail packages, feed the cat...