Day 450 (02.03.15) Grandpa’s Birthday

Wow it’s been a while since I last blogged.  It been hard getting back into my routine.  Today would have been my grandpa’s birthday, I miss him everyday but I think he would be supporting my adventure as long as I have a plan and the money to do it and both seem to be coming together.  I’ve been thinking about my hike a lot lately and I’ve said it before but I have to say it again, this is the most selfish thing in the world.  As I have been putting together spreadsheets and itineraries for my hike I’ve seen more and more how selfish it is.  I am leaving for six months and I am asking my wife to make sure that she uses my bank account to pay a few of my bills that I can’t pay in advance. I’m asking her to take care of the apartment and cats without me.  I’m leaving people who are worried about me and as much as I try I can’t make that go away completely.  I’m asking Holly to send my mail drops and be my home base.  All of this so I can go hiking for 6 months seems a little crazy.  I have to keep reminding myself that its ok to be selfish every once and a while and that this will be a game changer for both Holly and I and thats ok.  I just need to get through the next few weeks and then I’m off to the trail.  Today my LARABARS and Gregory pack came in the mail.  I’m so excited to have this gear and food and I’m looking forward to all the gear still coming my way! I can’t wait to put everything into my pack and get in a practice hike soon.


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2 thoughts on “Day 450 (02.03.15) Grandpa’s Birthday

  1. Yes – it is selfish – and yes, it’s OK to be selfish at times. My hike ended after a sprained ankle in the Smokies, and now my elderly dog is keeping very close to home. Sometimes it isn’t OK to be selfish. For me, I’m home until she is gone.

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