My third post here and very little of it has to do with hiking, gear, or planning. In the last post I talked about changing the story, my pursuit of talking about something other than c—–. But let me get this out of the way. I’ve been dealing with a severe drug reaction going on the third month now, and have been prescribed prednisone going all the way into April. This means I need to stay isolated as Pred effects your immune system and I can’t get a vaccine until I’m off it. So I’m staying isolated. That said, I still hold on to my dream, and as before it is still a very loose plan. Perhaps I will begin in Rockfish Gap heading NOBO in early to mid May. We shall see.
My cover photo is from one of my hikes with my sons. I believe this was taken on Mt. Madison above tree line, near Madison Hut. That trip was a Presidential Traverse where we stayed at the huts. It was me and my two boys and a friend with his two boys. I had already done the peaks a few years earlier so my younger son and I traversed around and met the rest of the party as they rejoined the AT. We hit some weather as it seems I always do up there. My youngest was eight at the time and as the cold freezing rain pelted us near the summit of Mt. Washington I questioned my decision making. We changed some clothing and skirted the summit of Mt.Washington, hoping we were on the right path to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. We were and we got there unscathed. Nothing like shelter, warmth, dry clothes and food. I later found my friend in his bunk shaking, this was after dinner, I suppose he hadn’t’t really warmed up enough, but after a bit he was fine. The rest of our journey was uneventful, after Washington you are essentially heading down after Mt. Eisenhower. Even then, ten years ago or so the descents were brutal on my knees and lower back. We shall see how that shakes out on any long distance hiking. I find on my short training hikes that I make a mental list, like left knee hurting while starting, then by the end the left seems fine but the right one aches.
I mentioned my van project, it’s a Promaster cargo van that I am pretty close to being finished converting. This plays a role in coming pursuits. You can see how my through hike plans are quite loose, I’m still committed to the flip flop in one season, but who knows. Most recently the medical stuff flared up again and put me in the hospital but now a few weeks on and I think I can see blue skies ahead.
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You’re inspiring. Your flexibility and planning are impressive. I look forward to your adventures on the trail, plus I appreciate your telling of life before the trail. I’m interested in learning about your flip flop plans and how they work out for you on the trail. Wishing you the best of health!