Fulfill Your Hiking Dream! Here to help fellow hikers by offering wisdom, ideas, and lessons learned from a two-time AT North and South, Long Trail, Foothills Trail, Allegheny Trail, Colorado Trail, Florida Trail, Shenandoah Nat'l Park 500 miler completions. Former AT Ridgerunner for six years, Author, Speaker on Hiking and Backpacking
has come and gone. Hard to believe. When 2017 ended, I was coming off a great
year of hiking, from the palmettos of Florida to the grand Rockies of the Colorado
Trail, plus ridgerunning in Shenandoah National Park.
2018 saw me return
to the Florida Trail to complete the 500 mile long section of the Panhandle in January
and February and thus finish the whole trail. The Panhandle section of the trail
St Marks National Wildlife Refuge
being a fascinating journey of rivers, and palmettos, of a wildlife refuge,
a boat ride, long needle pine and titi (that indicates swamp ahead) and a beach walk to its end at Fort Pickens. Then there was the multitude of trail angels
who helped me out, and especially one I now call my big sister for all we went through
together for nearly ten days as she took care of me on the trail.
The FT finish at Fort Pickens
As I write
this, hikers are gearing up for a Florida Trail adventure as the season for hiking
it spans from December to April. You can find more about the trail through the FloridaHikes!or the FTA web site, including some section wanders along it.
the night I returned from the trail I was in an auto accident that basically curtailed
any kind of lengthy backpacking for the rest of the year. I am still under care
for it, and wonder how a backpacking trip will change when I do return. But
that is what 2019 is for, I hope and pray. I am already planning a return to Florida
to complete the Blackwater section that will take me to Alabama, along with my
new big sister from February’s wander.
In July of 2019 will also
see the publication of my Florida Trail journey in "Gators, Guts, and Glory –Adventures on the Florida Trail" by WhiteFire
Publishing. Plus I have already set up for more programs at libraries about my
trail adventures. Stay up-to-date with all the happenings by signing up to receive our quarterly newsletter for
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trails in 2019.