The past few weeks have been busy. After the trip to the Whites with Yvonne, we returned to Keene to find yet more unseasonably warm weather and still no snow in southern New Hampshire. Yvonne has been loaded down with school work, and I’ve been loaded down with my own work. It’s been two weeks since I’ve been on a hike, but somehow I’m not feeling as cooped up as I usually do. I’ve been walking back and forth to the library, walking around town to run errands, digging through maps and guide books and my old hiking journals with a sense of purpose for the present moment. Five hours go by before I realize I’ve been hunched over my computer without a break. I feel like I’m in high school again (would you guess I used to be into video games like nobody’s business?), before I discovered the wonders of hiking.
|The Ashuelot Rail Trail in Keene. This is February, not November. Where’s the snow?|
In a way, I’ll be back in high school for a while at the end of this month. For the past two years I’ve helped lead some pretty great expeditions for my high school, in the annual Four Point trips. A week of backpacking in the White Mountains, this was originally something I dreaded when I was a student, but now it’s one of my favorite events of the year. The past two years of leading these trips has made me feel a lot better about the idea of leading NOLS expeditions in the future.
While I’ve been working on all these other projects this month, I’ve been slipping with the blog– I haven’t had a lot to say recently. Normally, I try to keep posts scheduled at least a week or two in advance, but this month has been pretty stagnant. I think I’m just preoccupied for now, since I haven’t hiked or tried new gear arrangements in a little while. I should have plenty to write about in the coming months, but in a way it’s just nice to sit back and see what I’ve turned this thing into. I started this blog in 2007 for my Appalachian Trail through-hike, but only posted on it once until 2009, when I started putting up little trip reports every so often. After the New England Trail, and then after the Pacific Crest Trail, I bumped things up a little more. I’ve been trying to keep a steady stream of one or two posts per week just to keep myself in practice with writing, to force myself to think more while hiking, and to force myself to hike more in general. And if people actually enjoy reading a bit of this, all the better.
Despite the time I’ve spent trying to make the blog look nice, and to add a few more features here and there, it’s not a full-time job (the ads haven’t amounted to much more than a few candy bars, I haven’t put much effort into the Facebook news feed, and I could probably do better with promoting myself). That’s okay, though. I figure I’ll keep adding little bits here and there, keeping things fresh, and mostly focusing on just having something to write about. I can’t always have a long-distance hike going on, but writing is enough of a routine to make me feel like I have some purpose.