The Trail Within Abides

The Trail Within Abides

It has been three months since I wandered through the wilderness chasing a dream as I followed the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail One Breath – One Step at a time. I find myself looking back as I continue my hike every day surrounded by happiness. I have traded my tent, hammock, and sleeping…

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This past year I decided a change of view would challenge me to take on new endeavors so I gave up my place of fifteen years on Pass-a-grille Beach. I sold my Jeep that took me to 48 State Capitols, 19 other beaches, and 24 National Parks. I also gave up my shifts bartending at…

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Where To Go With Vertigo

Where To Go With Vertigo

I would like to believe I have taken the path less traveled. I would like to believe that One Breath – One Step means more to everyone than just me hiking this trail. I hope that we all are true to ourselves in this life. I wish for wondrous journeys for each and everyone of…

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An Unbalanced Celebration of 800 Miles

An Unbalanced Celebration of 800 Miles

What a wonderful view looking back at the James River I crossed just two days ago as I ate blackberries most of the way up. I started my climb after an enjoyable visit by my friend Tommy Garrett who gave me a break from my tent with a relaxing stay at the Natural Bridge Historic…

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Spin Cycle

Spin Cycle

I crossed the James River yesterday completing a 14 mile hike with a heavy heart. My 19 year old cat, my friend Smuggles crossed the Rainbow Bridge into his next journey. My head has been spinning all day with the fondest of memories of my life with the Smuggs. Gloomy skies stayed steady for most…

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Soul of Soles

Soul of Soles

Engraved soles conquering rock and root Traversing nature’s canvas painting her boot by boot Tones of expression the color of happiness  A hiker’s smile as jovial as the morning address  Mile after each unknown mile we find joy in pain One breath one step through continuous rain Flooding our hearts with growth and pride  Finding…

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The View of all Views – McAfee Knob

The View of all Views – McAfee Knob

I was told wherever you are be there from my uncle Eric who’s been an inspiration to me my whole life. I bet you wouldn’t sit here Uncle Eric. This is one of the most photographed areas of the Appalachian Trail for thru hikers and I can see why. It brings out a jovial spirit…

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Pearisburg , VA Should Be More Like Bland

Pearisburg , VA Should Be More Like Bland

Here I am sitting on the edge of everywhere looking down at Pearisburg, VA after hiking 11 miles today. The rumor is that Virginia gets a little easier with the lower elevations from this point; however the roots and rocks still make it difficult to maneuver. I have been hiking every day since my birthday…

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