Well since my original 'Money' post my saving towards the Trail has not improved much it's not really an issue yet, but something needs to be done to address it moving forward into next year otherwise I won't be able to make my desired start time of Spring 2018, it's a ways out but saving up ample Home Money and Trail Money takes time if you're not the Kardashians or whatever.
Anyways, to address this issue I have adopted a slow methodical saving strategy on top of my larger saving strategy. I'll talk about that in this post, as well as some silver lining news on the job front.
So obviously the bad news is saving for the hike has stagnated, I'm implementing some strategies to correct it, which is really important with Christmas coming up. Obviously, as previously stated, I will continue to dump money into the fund whenever I can, but I am now applying 'the Trail tax' to my daily life. This is certainly not a perfect system to save, but every little bit helps right?
Basically, I have examined my daily routine and found where a lot of 'extra' money goes coffee, breakfast, beer, ect. So basically if I consciously elect to have a glass of (free) water vs. a cup of coffee I go to my bank website and shift two dollars into my Trail account. Another example, is breakfast, if I decide on a Hummus cup (2 bucks) versus my normal Sandwich and home fries (5 bucks) I send that extra 3 dollars to my Trail account.
Each time I make this transfer (Props to my local hometown bank for allowing unlimited transfers, you da real MVP) I'm able to say. "Hey I just bought a mile on the Trail and got breakfast". This has been working well so far and I would definitely recommend it as a supplemental saving strategy.
Now for the good news! Yes there is good news, and it is that of Personal Holiday hours. What are those you ask? A beautiful politically correct way to handle the fact that not everyone celebrates Christmas...and an employed potential Thru-hikers dream. Follow me here.
So my company used to have Christmas break, obviously this was probably problematic for the guy in facilities that wears a yamaka everyday, so their solution was to issue Holiday hours to every employee that they could take whenever they wanted every year. I just found out about these about a month out from their expiration date so I guess I'm gonna have a good Thanksgiving break, but moving forward this helps me in a few ways. Commence the bulleted list!
With all that said, it is definitely a positive that I have 90% of the gear I will need on a thru hike already purchased because of my failed 2016 ambitions, just like Harambe...they will not be forgotten. I am considering in March trying to make my way down to Springer for the Appalachian Trail Kickoff and to hike the Approach. This will be dependent on my ability to get off drill and get a few days off, we'll see. Tickets to fly down there seem cheap enough, and I could stay in tent city for cheap as well. Updates to follow I'm sure.