Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Out of Georgia

My hike to Sacrifice Cliff

I'm deep into the Appalachian Trail now, at least in spirit.  I've "hiked" over 56 miles so I'm just past Tray Mountain in Georgia.  At the same time, I'm continuing to read trail memoirs.  One of the stories I've added was the Barefoot Sisters.  I got their southbound book free awhile ago.  So I thought, why not revisit that and then read the northbound journey for this?  I got so into their nobo (northbound) story that I forgot to check to see when they hiked as far as I have.

Bly Gap.  Where the heck is that on my list?  I had copied it all out from a page by dwhike, printed it double columns and back to back.  And then I noticed something silly.  My last mile marker from Georgia was at 76.4 miles, then it skips to NC at 273.2.  I was missing 198 miles of information.  So I am farther from the border than I thought I'd be.

My tendon is getting better, I started to do strengthening exercises on it now.  I'm limiting myself to under two miles an outing now, less if the terrain is not very flat.  This sounds pretty wimpy compared to what real thru-hikers go through.  However, once this injury is totally better I'll be able to hike longer and harder.

Since moving to Montana, I've lost about five pounds just by hiking.  My body already feels different; stronger legs, more stamina and the fat seems to literally be dropping.  I even had a dream last night that I had this ridge of muscle going down the side of my leg from my strength training.  It was kind of weird but also a badge of honor to have earned it.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Walking the Appalachian Trail from 1,800 miles away.

Almost a year ago, I started a Faux Appalachian Trail Hike.  One of my friends attempted to hike the trail and so I became curious and read some books about people who hiked it.  And then I read some more, and still more.  For awhile I seriously entertained the idea of hiking the AT.  But then reality came back and I realized that hiking the trail wasn't real likely for me.  And so, I came up with an alternative plan that would allow me to follow the trail while staying where I am.

The plan is simple:

  1. Take walks in my area and track the mileage
  2. Use a mileage chart from the Appalachian Trail to track your progress
  3. (Optional) Read trail books up to the point of your AT mileage i.e.  if you've hiked 41.5 miles, you're at Low Gap Shelter, so only read up to that point in the book's progress.
Then, realize that by walking 5 miles a week, you'll reach Mt. Katahdin in about eight years.  Time to step it up.

I'm currently at Sheep Rock Top, 40.94 miles in. Of course I'm reviving this walk at the time that I'm dealing with tendinitis in my ankle.  So my mileage is low and slow.  However I'm finding this a lot more fun now that we've moved to Montana.  There's so many trails to try and it encourages me to be outside and in nature.  Even a 3/4 mile walk is worth the effort.  And someday soon I'll be able to add on more miles each week after the ankle recovers.  

These are the books that I'm reading along with my trail walking:
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (classic)
  • Rethinking Life on the Appalachian Trail by Gary Bond
  • Skywalker - Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Walker
  • Between a Rock and a White Blaze by Julie Urbanski
  • Timberrr!!! Or How I Fell Down the Appalachian Trail by Amy "Timber" Hiusser
  • Lost on the Appalachian Trail by Kyle Rhorig
I'll add another one, since my kindle folder can hold eight titles on a page.  And since Hiusser didn't complete the trail, I'll add another book when I finish that one.  Each night I read the book that's on the bottom of the list on my kindle.  Then I'll read to the point of how far I am on the AT.  As I've slowed in walking to let my ankle recover, I'm often not reading more than a page or two.  Hopefully I'll be recovered before it gets too cold to hike.  

And that's it.  I get to hike the Appalachian Trail vicariously through other people while still sleeping in my own bed at night.  Now this, I can do.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Konmari Lists

My purse station!

Here's the list of categories for Konmari sorting.  I've culled this from the book and various other sources.

The Beginning Three:

  • Clothes
    • Tops
    • Bottoms
    • Clothes that should be hung
    • Socks
    • Underwear
    • Bags
    • Accessories
    • Clothes for specific events (Indian clothes in storage)
    • Shoes
  • Books (in storage, sorting kindle books)
  • Papers

  • CD's/DVD's
  • Skin care products
  • Makeup
  • Accessories
  • Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc)
  • Electronics
  • Office Supplies
  • Stationary, writing supplies
  • Tools and home maintenance
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Linens and rags
  • Blankets
  • Craft supplies
  • Gift wrapping, cards, boxes
  • Toiletries
  • Kitchen
    • Food
    • Dishes, flatware, cups
    • Cooking utensils and bowls
    • Appliances and tools
  • Decorations
  • Furniture
  • Pet items
  • spare change
  • Mementos
  • Photos

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Happy Joyful Socks

So, I started Konmari.  The Magical Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Currently we're in a transitional place after moving 800 miles away.  We've gotten rid of lots of stuff and moved from a 4 bed, 2 bath, 2.5 car garage into a 2 bedroom apartment.  We'll have a house again soon, but for now we're here.  There's stuff in our garage in boxes, the rest is int he apartment with us.

The closet.  I thought I minimalized before, but there's always clothes that gets old and stained.  Eventually, I'd like to get to the point where ALL my clothes fit into a carry on.  Here's my closet before: