Monthly Archives: July 2012

To Be Continued…

…After the Olympics.  That’s right folks I am taking my leave and focusing on catching every minute of the 2012 Summer Olympics.  I am an avid Olympics fan and have watched as much as I have been able to since the ’96 Games and this year will be no different.  Have a happy Games everyone and I’ll see when it’s all over!!!

Disappointments Are Hard To Live With

Nothing went the way I had planned this weekend.  I did not spend the last three days on trail and I did not get my vacation.  I had an accident on Thursday night while at Great Smokey Mountain National Park and burned my hand pretty good and ended up with burnt holes in my hiking shirt and shorts.  I was lucky that was all that happened, and after a quick trip to Walmart, I was still convinced I could go.  But it was obvious by morning that the trauma that had left me with a restless and nausea filled night, had also been the tipping point for my body.  We drove to the spot where everyone was supposed to meet and waited, hoping time would leave me feeling better.  It didn’t.  I at least got to meet up with Stick, Brian and Gizmo Joe and we had a good time chatting for a little and sharing some of the gear that we had brought, but they went on to the trail head and I went home.

I ended up feeling pretty bad all weekend and it was apparent that I have pushed myself too hard over the last few weeks and this was just the tipping point that pushed me over the edge.  I spent my weekend being upset, angry, sad and mostly disappointed.

I have to say on a positive note, I had a blast hanging out for the little I got to and checking out all the cool gear that everyone had and I really can’t wait to get to join everyone on the next trip!  Well if the guys would be so kind as to make sure to not make it over a Saturday that I’m working (which is pretty much all of them!).  Don’t forget to check out Stick’s and Brian’s Blogs for their posts on the weekend!!

Upcoming Trip and Gear Reviews

Ok so this month has been a really bust month for me. I got a second job teaching archery with one of our local Junior Olympic Archery Development programs (JOAD) and it requires me to work all day on Saturdays and I’m still working Monday through Friday too so I’ve been lax on posting, but I’m really excited for my trip coming up this weekend that I was lucky enough to get off for.

I will be hiking the AT from Fontana Dam to the NOC on a group trip with Stick, Brian, Gizmo Joe and a few others.  I’m going to try to get in a post about what I will be taking and my planned food but I’ve still got to work three days this week too and finalize everything.

That’s all for now!!

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