How to begin…

A Journey of a Thousand Miles…

Well, that would get me about half way to my destination. In March 2015 I will be turning 40 years old, have 5 years of recovery under my belt and several professional obligations completed. As such, I am endeavoring to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. This is a realization of a dream that started back in the late 1970’s when I would take weekend hiking and camping trips with my Father. Like many dreams, I conveniently placed this one on the shelf labelled ‘maybe later’ only to watch it collect dust as I pursued academic, financial and family goals.

Crossroads.

Part of the drive behind this hike is that I am done. I am done with a lot of the things in my life that have become habitual, conventional and at times pathologic. My hope is that by losing myself in the journey that I will be able to more deeply experience who I truly am. There is a romantic allure that surrounds the idea of having all my necessities strapped on my back, an open trail ahead of me and no hard timeline or deadline in mind.

As I continue to plan and prepare for the trip, I hope that you all can in a sense join me. I want to share my excitement. I want to share my enthusiasm for what I believe is a life worth living.

All the best.

Sean

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