Wednesday, September 2, 2015

THE MOVIE, "A WALK IN THE WOODS" - Been There, Done That!

THE GOOD LIFE  THE GOOD LIFE  THE GOOD LIFE  THE GOOD LIFE

       YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
RETURNING HOME IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF LONG DISTANCE HIKING.  YOU HAVE GROWN OUTSIDE THE PUZZLE AND YOUR PIECE NO LONGER FITS - Cindy Ross

HIKING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.  NOTICE THAT THE WILDERNESS IS MOSTLY EMPTY


MARY KAY PIERCE
My lovely daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Pierce, RN, Director, National Association of Mentally Ill, sent me an email telling me that she thought I'd really like the upcoming movie, A Walk In The Woods.  She's right!  I look forward to seeing it this weekend.  I may be in the movie?

I celebrated my 65th birthday hiking the Appalachian Trail.  On the trail I was interviewed by Good Morning, America!  I was on their show.

I bought Bill Bryson's book and when he was interviewed on TV, they again showed me hiking the trail.

A CRUDE MEAL, NO DOUBT, BUT THE BEST SAUCE IS HUNGER - Edward Abbey



FALL DOWN SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT TIMES - Japanese Proverb


MOVIE - WALK IN THE WOODS
The 2,100 mile trail is marked by 6" white marks on trees from Georgia to Maine.  I learned about it recovering from the mumps at age 35, reading Earl Shaffer's book.  He was the first to hike the trail.  I hiked 600 miles of the trail from Georgia, through North Carolina, Tennessee and part of Virginia, before I wore out.

IF YOU'RE NOT SURE WHERE YOU'RE GOING, ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE - Yiddish Proverb


There are three sided shelters built all the way across the Appalachian Trail.  Unlike my wilderness canoe expeditions, the trail is a very social event.  There are no "bums" on the AT, it is far too much work for the lazy.  Although we were only "Ships passing in the night", I made some of the best friends of my life on the trail.

I WONDER ABOUT "WHITE OAK" AND "ANGEL WINGS", TRAIL NAMES OF TWO WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO WERE GREAT TRAIL MATES


EMMA GATEWOOD
When I hiked my 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail, I had $400 hiking boots and my son, Todd, gave me a plus $300 back pack.  I had the best of light, nutritious food, with every map, chart and guide book for the trail.

Emma Gatewood, 67-year-old mother of 11 and grandmother of 23, hiked the entire trail.  Unlike the picture of her on the right, she used a pillow case for a pack in which she had a blanket to keep her warm and a plastic shower curtain to keep her dry.  Eating vienna sausage from a can with nuts and raisins.  She wore out 7 pairs of tennis shoes.  She had no maps, guides, not even a compass.  She asked strangers she met which way she should go.  And, she made it all the way!  

 DETERMINATION!

STRENGTH DOES NOT COME FROM PHYSICAL CAPACITY, IT COMES FROM AN INDOMITABLE WILL - Mahatma Gandhi


THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL GOING UP MT. MITCHELL, NC
At one point on this mountain you have to climb straight up

THANK YOU, LORD, FOR KEEPING ME SAFE DURING LIFE'S DIFFICULTIES

MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU

GOD BLESS AMERICA







2 comments:

Cheryl said...

You made it really far on the Appalachian Trail! You did way more than most people would ever dream! I know it was a while back, but congratulations!

Mark Pierce said...

I don't say it often enough, but I really enjoy reading your blog. You're doing a great job with it!

This year I have followed several AT hikers on YouTube. Really fascinating stuff. If you haven't been there lately, check it out. I think you'd love it.