"I know! Start at the beginning... and when you get to the end... stop." -The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland
That's a pretty good way to tell a story, I guess. But who out there actually really wants to hear every little detail from the very beginning. Ya, so let's skip all that: basically, I had a rough 2017. Like, a REALLY rough 2017. As the year started to get down the home stretch of finally being over, a couple amazing opportunities presented themselves for 2018. These were the types of opportunities where people say "Dude, you need to post updates about all that so I can follow along!"
So, here I am. Starting a blog. Haven't done this since college (a billion years ago) when we first learned of a new-fangled thing called a "weblog", something that might one day be kinda sorta used for who knows what.
What the heck are these amazing opportunities you might ask? Actually, you didn't ask because I probably managed to wedge it into our general conversation without you even knowing and now I'm blabbering on about it and now you're glancing at your watch and making the excuse that you need to go the bathroom. BUT, I'm going to tell you anyways because I'm SOOO frickin excited!
1. I needed to get away. Seriously get away, clear my head. Go out into the woods and stare at a tree for hour or something. Then, after a few awesome backpacking trips and a few too many YouTube channels, I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. Yay me! Let's do this! Sounds great! I decided to start at the end of March (a common time for people to start NorthBound from Georgia to Maine, also called NOBO). It would work out perfectly because it would give me time to prepare for the adventure, the weather would be warmer and I could leave right after all my March events were finished here in Deland, FL. And then I'd probably finish the trek by the end of September. Done.
2. Then came the awesome wrench in my plan: I was offered a fantastic opportunity to go to Norway for the summer and organize some events and work on several really cool projects with some of my favorite-est people in the world. Yay me! Let's do this! Sounds great! Oh. Wait. That's when I plan on hiking. That means I have to pick one. It's not a bad problem to have, but still.
Right now in my life, I realize that life is so very very short. It can be taken away from you at any moment for any stupid reason. I gave up darn near everything in 2017 in order to help take care of my family. So now, at the end of 2017, I got nothing. On one hand, it's really weird to have not much going on, to have all my stuff in storage and to be living simply out of a couple backpacks. But on the other hand, I can do whatever I want, go anywhere, build something new and start fresh.
So, after lots of thinking and doing math, I decided to do both! It just means that I will have to: a) start hiking the trail a bit early than planned b) possibly take more breaks in order to find internet/email access while hiking to prepare for my summer and c) leave the trail for a few months in the middle to go to Norway. After I get back from my European summer, I'll make a decision (based on how many miles left, time of year and weather) about the best direction to go to finish up the hike and then hop to it. I'll be back from all my adventures around mid November, just in time to do November and December events here in Deland and Bob's your uncle!
As for this blog? I have no idea quite yet how it will turn out or even how I want to sound. It might be a bit like a diary for me. Or maybe I'll get into doing gear reviews. Or y'all might just end up with a ridiculous number of pictures of me... staring at tree... followed by an awesome Mr. Bean meme.
Until next time!
Lots of love to you all
Director of Awesomeness
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