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Begins: Jan 1, 2010
Date: Mon, Nov 16th, 2009
Start: Rochester NY
End: Rochester NY
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Hello friends, family and others. This is the beginning of my 2010 journal which should be an interesting year. But lets first go back in time a little bit since I always like to know a little bit about the hiker.....
I'm 34 years old. I grew up in Rochester, NY, went to college at University of Maryland and graduated with an Accounting degree. I lived for 3 years in the Washington DC area (1997-2000) after college, moved out to San Diego and have lived there since (with the exception of 2006/2007 when I lived in Chapel Hill, NC). I am a CPA and worked for one of the big accounting firms for the past 12 years.
I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2002, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2004 and the Continental Divide Trail in 2005. In 2009 I hiked another 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail, 2,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and the entire 800 mile Arizona trail. These journals are located on this site and my 2005 CDT journal is located on Trailjournals.com.
2009 was an interesting year in many respects and included 4,000 miles of thru-hiking, a separation from Lisa and after 4 leave of absences, 3 transfers and 12 years, finally not being able to go back to Ernst & Young. Instead of diving back into the real world and a new job I've decided to continue the travelling and hiking.
I put this quote from Johnathon Ley's CDT journal in each of my journals since it best describes how I feel......
"The first day I started hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 1999, someone told me that the trail had ruined them. At the time, I thought it was a cute thing to say. It didn't occur to me as a warning, I didn't realize that I was walking the same path. I've often told people that the hardest part of hiking any long trail was taking that first step. I later found out, that the hardest part was actually taking the last step."
I'm completely addicted to thru-hiking.
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