Wednesday, March 6, 2013

RIP The Ferryman

Stephen "The Ferryman" Longley was born in Lewiston, Maine and like me found meaning and peace in the outdoors. That is all our lives have in common. He was able to find a way to make his life in the outdoors, spending the majority of his adult life, among other things, operating the Kennebec River Ferry on the Appalachian Trail, here in Maine. He touched so many lives, 19,000 by someone's count of his passengers. And, I am sure that he did significantly more the just get them across a river too dangerous to wade through. I am certian there are countless little ways he impacted each of those hikes. A word of encouragement here, something to eat there, a bag of ice for aching joints...

He died like he lived, peacefully, in his sleep. I titled this RIP, but given the peace he experienced in his life, perhaps I should simply say Rest.


His legend will live on.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Itching to Get out There

I love winter. The skiing, the snowshoeing, heck, the snow. But I always get to the point where I can't wait to feel soft earth under my feet.

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I went for a very short hike this past weekend with the hope it would alleviate the itch just a little. It just made it worse.

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I have been looking for the AT thru-hiker I will follow this season. Haven't found one yet; most haven't hit the trail yet. Can't wait to get into the woods.

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I walk 2 miles everyday at lunch. The sun is getting higher and the air warmer. The birds are singing; late winter has arrived. It just makes it worse!

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I washed my backpacking tent last weekend. It really needed it; it has gotten pretty funky. Half a bottle of Mirazyme, bleach, three cycles- I threw it away. I just couldn't get the smell out of it.

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I also unpacked all my packs, re-evaluated everything in them and repacked them.

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Castle and Portrait announced their departure date for their CDT hike- April 10th.

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More snow is coming in...

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