All this talk of the PCT in the past few weeks after my Backpackinglight.com articles came out has been making me really itch for more trail time. Since November I’ve been working a temp job in southern Maine, trying to live a somewhat normal life, and recovering from the strains that the PCT put on my body and bank account. And I’ve been trying to find a way to progress with my life in a way that makes sense. Working a desk job and pining for the next big adventure isn’t going to cut it.
The plans I’ve been working on are multifaceted, but not particularly out of the ordinary. Some of the plans are more certain than others. Some I won’t share just yet. The most certain, right now, is that I’ll be leaving the temp job in the spring and working at a summer camp leading backpacking and canoe trips in the White Mountains. I’ve wanted to get out of the seasonal work cycle I’ve gotten myself into, but I realize that hastily jumping into the first year-round job that presents itself isn’t the best option. One more summer at a seasonal job can’t hurt too much.
Aside from the summer camp job, I’m going to hike the Long Trail (finally), start writing a book (hopefully keep myself motivated long enough to publish it), look for an outdoors-related job in southern New Hampshire or somewhere else in northern New England, and try to keep a frequent schedule of posts on this blog. That should take me up to the end of the summer.
I’ll keep you informed as I go. And, of course, I’m always open to suggestions.