While I’m working working working and busy busy busy for the next several weeks, updates here may be a little more rushed than usual, or a little more sparse (although I do often seem to find time where I least expect to). Just in case you don’t hear from me for a while, I’ve got some more recommended reading for you. Two of my good friends from the hiking world have blogs that make me quite happy.
|Moss rocking the backpacking hammock in style.|
Moss (that’s her trail name) found me on the Backpackinglight.com forums several years ago when I was looking for hiking partners. After our first wild weekend trip to the Pemigewassett Wilderness of the White Mountains, we hiked together occasionally over the years. Soon after I met her, she took life by the horns, quitting two steady jobs and giving up a comfortable life in order to live the adventure.
In the past few years, Moss has volunteered in villages in Haiti, hiked the Appalachian Trail, worked at a campsite in the White Mountains, and is now a caretaker in a wilderness lodge in central New Hampshire. I never thought I’d be the one living vicariously through others, but when I hear Moss’s stories and try to piece together what she’s doing next, I get a little jealous. Her new blog is full of the little joys in the nomadic life, and tidbits of her art.
|Uncle Tom in one of my favorite places, the Camden Hills.|
In 2009, as I was beginning to research the Pacific Crest Trail, I got a message from one of the many PCT forums I’d subscribed to. “You’re from Belfast? I’m from Northport!” Not only were we both planning to hike the PCT in 2010, but we were from adjacent towns in Maine, with a combined population of around 8000 people (about 500 people attempt the PCT every year, which is about one for every 600,000 people in America– for Waldo County, Maine, we had one for every 4000 people). And, oddly, we had both hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, but had never met before. Heck of a coincidence.
I hiked with Uncle Tom at various places along the PCT, and hope I can join him in a few years for the Continental Divide Trail. In the meantime, he never seems to slow down– he did the Long Trail this summer, he finds some great hikes in mid-coast Maine, and he keeps great company in general. You never know what will come next from him, but it’s always something interesting.
I’ve got a few posts coming for the rest of this week, but not much is going on except me being wicked busy. More on this soon…