posted by admin on May 17, 2010 9:47 as General
So when you are sleeping outdoors in a tent you hear all kinds of noises at night. Many of the noises you can identify, others are weird and occasionally creepy. I have been waken up at night by large birds, think geese type of large that sound very loud at night. I have waken up to what sounded like the swamp thing getting in or out of the river in the middle of the night but was probably a smallish animal amplified by the quieter night. There have been sort of howling/ish noises that I couldn't quiet identify. The howlish noises didn't sound quite like a dog, not like any coyote noises I have heard but whatever I just wanted them to stop waking me up since I sleep lightly out here. Then there was the noise I heard last night outside my tent, footsteps.
There isn't much chance you ...>> full
posted by admin on May 14, 2010 17:00 as General
My new favorite song is "Rain rain go away come back another day." Just about everything is wet and stays that way in my back pack. Day after day of rain is freaking annoying. Water heavy pack, everything becomes uncomfortable. Rain every once in awhile isn't so bad but over multiple days really sucks the joy out of this. I suppose it not being cold out though is a bonus.
I think modern man, as in late 20th and now 21st century is pretty wimpy compared to our fore runners. If I had complained like this to some settlers/pioneers a couple of hundred years ago about being rained on they might have whacked me with a stick and made me sleep outside with the dogs.
Think about it, how much time does the average person stay outdoors anymore? Not much. Sure there are exceptions galore but that's the point they are ...>> full
posted by admin on May 11, 2010 18:21 as General
Things had been pretty routine the last 4-5 days pretty good weather just hiking along. Now though it has come time to double my pleasure double my fun so to speak. Rain has hit me off and on and when it is on, it is a pain in the ass. Now though coupled up with a little cold front it has been raining and cold. I would take heat any day over cold, one of the main reasons I started in April rather than March.
Hiking in the rain and cold is down right miserable, so far, by far the most miserable conditions I have come across. I was cold all day tempered by warming up some from walking but taking a break while hiking in the cold and rain was worse because my body heat evaporated with a quickness. I took less breaks because I knew they would be ...>> full
posted by admin on May 06, 2010 19:30 as General
I am just into West Virginia now which is nice. It's like a barrier broken getting into a new state. This is state number three with many more to go. It is step by step though my concept of distance is certainly different on foot. Some miles seem to fly by and other times one mile seems to take forever.
It is pretty country like I was expecting. WV gets a bad wrap sometimes but the people I have run into have been as friendly as can be, no Burt Reynolds type mountain crazies at all. The route through WV is fairly short compared to some other states. I should be through here before the end of the month. Ohio will be a long haul that route looks to be over four hundred miles.
I missed the call from the radio station this week. I am not always close to a populated ...>> full
posted by admin on May 02, 2010 10:31 as General
I am about 280 miles into the trip and overall is has been a pretty good hike. I am near Hancock MD. now and even though I want to get into WV just to be into the next part of the journey I decided to take a couple of days to rest and recover and use a laundry mat, yay.
Even though I have had a couple of "interesting" encounters with people so far let me say that those encounters have been the exception on the trip not the rule. By and large nearly everyone I have run across has been really very friendly. I have stopped and spoke with many people on the trail, pet their dogs and left with a handshake day after day rather than getting away from wacko's or thieves. Those stories aren't always as memorable to write about in the time I get something out but ...>> full