This is my 52nd post, which means that I’ve actually managed to find something to write about every Thursday for a year. While the content might not have been spectacular at times, I’m glad to give myself credit for consistency, at least.
I learned a whole lot during 2016, most importantly that I have so much more to learn. There’s an education inherent in experience, so I’m sure to discover more as I simply get out there and hike/backpack. In the meantime, I’m grateful to the bloggers and reviewers and journal keepers who have contributed to my learning so far.
I’ve found it easier than I expected to scale back my running miles in favor of hiking. The fact that I no longer race probably has a lot to do with that. Whatever the reason, I’ve enjoyed slowing down to enjoy the view.
I managed only seven actual hikes for a total of 38 miles, a paltry figure compared to my ambitions. But an injury smack in the middle of the best hiking weather, coupled with a lack of transportation conspired against my lofty goals. But now that I’m healthy and have a year of research and light experience behind me, I’m looking forward to making 2017 a significantly better hiking and backpacking year.
A move to Virginia would sure aid in this. My son-in-law loves the outdoors and is excited to backpack with me. The weather is more favorable to a longer hiking season. I’ll live closer to the nearest AT trailhead. All good things. I’m committed to making that move in the coming year.