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    I wouldn't bet too much on that, Traveler! But...

    I wouldn't bet too much on that, Traveler! But dogs or no dogs, if you like mysteries, read my book!
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    UPDATE to above: BLACK JACKKNIFE is now...

    UPDATE to above: BLACK JACKKNIFE is now officially available, both paperback and Kindle. It's already getting some good press, including a testimonial by independent filmmaker Dean Wray (Down Here),...
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    According to the Leave No Trace website and the...

    According to the Leave No Trace website and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, leaving food unattended, anywhere, is a bad idea. Whether it was laziness or an intention to be generous. And judging...
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    AT Murder Mystery

    Hello fellow WhiteBlazers. Just wanted to alert you to a murder mystery on the Georgia section of the trail. No, fortunately not a real murder! A fictional one that occurs in my latest...
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    "Evergreen Dreaming" Book Revision

    Hi WhiteBlazers, just wanted to announce that my 2018 book Evergreen Dreaming: Trail Tales of an Aging Hiker has had some minor revisions and is now on Amazon and other book sites:...
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    Regrets: None. I started out like you, wanting...

    Regrets: None. I started out like you, wanting to do a seamless NOBO flow of sections. Then I discovered, as an oldster who has other hobbies and travel interests, I may never complete the entire...
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    Thanks Stephan. No, I didn't finish (thru-hike)...

    Thanks Stephan. No, I didn't finish (thru-hike) the AT, just did various sections (GA-NC, Virginia, White Mtns). Would love to attempt a thru, but we're still paying off college loans and mortgage,...
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    Just an update that my book EVERGREEN DREAMING:...

    Just an update that my book EVERGREEN DREAMING: Trail Tales of an Aging Hiker has had a few minor revisions in the last year. Also, it received a positive review in Publisher's Weekly!

    Thanks to...
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    EVERGREEN DREAMING book

    Hi Whiteblazers...a little over a year ago I published a memoir of my section hiking experiences, advertising it here and elsewhere (EVERGREEN DREAMING: Trail Tales of an Aging Hiker).

    Since then...
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    KnightErrant, you're pretty perceptive, and I...

    KnightErrant, you're pretty perceptive, and I like your style. I will admit I probably worded my original post such that it implied there definitively IS too much technology on the trail. ("Too...
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    Where did you read that I said a person with a...

    Where did you read that I said a person with a phone might have a "problem" or might be exhibiting "rudeness"? Once again...please re-read my original post. This demonization tactic is fairly...
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    Uh...yes. And your point? Fiction can often...

    Uh...yes. And your point? Fiction can often highlight truths much better than nonfiction can.
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    Even my wife becomes very defensive when I tell...

    Even my wife becomes very defensive when I tell her she shouldn't be spending so much time on F-Book. I can understand how certain hikers are sensitive to implications that they may be overdoing the...
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    Ha! I get your point gmb, but I think she was...

    Ha! I get your point gmb, but I think she was just being half-serious. Actually, I think I responded with "No, you won't kill me, will you?"
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    OK, I'll respond. I don't agree with most of...

    OK, I'll respond. I don't agree with most of what you say.

    Enjoy your mountain climb.
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    I'll buy this, Traveler. The "too much...

    I'll buy this, Traveler. The "too much technology" heading is subjective. One hiker might think an analog camera is too much technology. Another might draw the line at (God help us) personal...
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    I agree, another great NYT article. The author...

    I agree, another great NYT article. The author conveys the exhilaration of hitching as well as the dangers.

    Last September I got some interesting rides hitching from Yosemite to Reno, Nevada; an...
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    I’m pleasantly surprised at all the feedback for...

    I’m pleasantly surprised at all the feedback for this forum topic. Just like politics and religion,people have passionate feelings (including me). Someone suggested taking a poll. That might be a...
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    Do you have to remove your camera from your...

    Do you have to remove your camera from your pocket? Do you have to twist it? Do you have to turn it on? Touch the screen? Check the result? Repeat above? You may be capturing the artifact, but...
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    I completely agree about reducing electronics...

    I completely agree about reducing electronics both on and offtrail, and the insidiousness of TV. I grew up with the TV being practically a babysitter for me, and I regret so much time glued to that...
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    Me too, Stephan. Keep it for emergency, but...

    Me too, Stephan. Keep it for emergency, but leave it off most of the time.
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    [QUOTE=Uriah;2243070]...I'm not sure if seeking...

    [QUOTE=Uriah;2243070]...I'm not sure if seeking solitude or time with nature is of much importance to others. Many claim that it is, but they seem more excited to proclaim that they "did" the AT...
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    Puddlefish, I think it's great that you're able...

    Puddlefish, I think it's great that you're able to enjoy raptors, turtles, and bunnies while listening to "lovely music" and taking many photos. Do you think maybe your experience would be even more...
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    Hi Puddlefish. (I think the "authoritarian"...

    Hi Puddlefish. (I think the "authoritarian" thing can work both ways, though, don't you?)

    Regarding "hatchets" and "fir branches," please re-read my original post. I say that some manmade items...
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    Hey, thanks for the acronym/initialism heads up!...

    Hey, thanks for the acronym/initialism heads up! (I'm a writer but never knew that before.)

    Right, I'm well-familiar with the HYOH cliché. It's often used as a defensive measure. But I'm not...
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