August 17-23

August 17-23

Tuesday, August 17, 1999 We didn’t get very far in our hike yesterday, after four sweet miles we hit a small shelter of timber that sat on a cliff overlooking the Connecticut Valley. It was so beautiful we sat and just admired the beauty. We took our shoes off and...
August 10-16

August 10-16

Tuesday, August 10, 1999 “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”Marcel Proust. Cold! Cold! Cold! The temperature dropped to the high 40’s at night and Llama and I are snuggling desperately looking for heat to stop...
August 2-9

August 2-9

Tuesday August 3 “Your travel life has the essence of a dream. It is something outside the normal, yet you are in it. It is peopled with characters you have never seen before and in all probability will never see again. It brings occasional homesickness, and...

July 27-August 2

Friday, July 30, 1999 We were brought back to the trail but the temperature slammed me to the ground and held me there. I have no motivation to hike in this soupy wave of heat. We entered New Jersey and this state seems as hot as the last. There is a severe draught...
The Heat Rises

The Heat Rises

Tuesday, July 20, 1999 We went to the post office first thing in the morning and picked up my food drop and mail from friends and family. I didn’t read any right away but pulled them out one at a time throughout the day when I took breaks from hiking. I am humbled and...
It’s So Hot

It’s So Hot

Tuesday, July 13, 1999 Today is my 100thday out on the trail and I still love it. I still love the challenge, I love the people I meet, I love the smells, the conversations with God, the conversations I have with others about God, the emotional pains I’ve worked...
Help!! July 7-12

Help!! July 7-12

Wednesday, July 7, 1999 Llama an I spent a relaxing evening on Annapolis Rocks, cliffs overlooking the beauty of Maryland. Few hikers are moving today, the heat is rising and that seems to slow us all down. As the two of us hiked it felt like we were the only hikers...
Blue Blazing, June 29-July 5

Blue Blazing, June 29-July 5

Tuesday, June 29, 1999 Our group went to the Front Royal Canoe Company to try a little aqua blazing to give ourselves a little rest, a vacation from hiking, and hopefully some excitement. For the next three- and one-half days we will be paddling down the Shenandoah...
Llama’s Birthday, June 22-28

Llama’s Birthday, June 22-28

Tuesday, June 22, 1999 The land is showing off its beauty to me as I pass through its heart.  There are over 2,500 varieties of vegetation with 1,500 of them being floral. There are 40 wildflowers that can only be found here in the whole world, found on the...

Fish June 15-21

June 15 I slept on a picnic table last night in a small wooden pavilion in order to get out of the thunderstorm. I thought it would be a good idea and was proud of myself.  And then the flies and mosquitos found dinner and wouldn’t leave me alone the entire...