I am getting all settled in my new home and I am more established at work. I haven't been able to get out hiking as most of my weekends have been tied up in running around gathering up furniture to have a livable place. My girlfriend and I also got a puppy Shiba Inu, named Koji.
Yeah...he's pretty adorable. Anyways, in the past I have written about what's going on in my life even when I wasn't hiking on this blog. Now I find it important to keep blogs focused to keep the readers attention...however I like writing about the things I enjoy...and I don't want to manage like 7 blogs. So I have decided to add a second blog page to the site that will likely see more post right now that focuses on whatever I want named 'The Ocho' after the fictional sports broadcasting channel from the movie Dodgeball.
They claim 'if it's almost a sport - we have it' and looking at the types of activities I engage it I felt it was an appropriate title, the last time I played anything close to a relevant sport was when I did a season of rugby Fall 2015 semester (and even then...this is the US of A...Rugby is hardly relevant here). Despite that, all the things I do are, for the most part, active and physically engaging and I consider them in their own way preparation for my eventual AT trek. To support this effort I retooled the site a bit, adding a 'Blogs' page splash screen featuring links to both the AT prep blog and 'The Ocho'. There will be a button to bring you to the introduction post over there that will highlight some of the things I'll be talking about on 'The Ocho'
Being settled in and the summer finally being upon us, hiking plans are definitely in the works (and have been in flux). I will be picking up my gear from my folks house this weekend so I can get out on the trail soon. I will be reattempting the Wapack Trail, hopefully without the freak snow storm and ice , sometime soon. This has been pushed back a couple times due to stuff for the house but I think the time is almost here.
I also am still planning on the Presidential Traverse and Belknap Range Trail End to Ends this summer. Details to follow on those, especially the Presidential Traverse which will have some substantial planning involved. I also plan on starting chasing the forty eight 4000 footers of the White Mountains, as well as the twelve peaks of the Belknap Range, which you can get patches for.
The lists of my completed peaks will be kept in the new 'List' Tab. I have decided to do this as an obtainable goal as I wait to start the AT. Also despite having hikes some of these peaks in the past I am starting from a blank slate because why not, and it make for more blog content right?