Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!!  At this time of year, I'm always reminded of the many blessings that I have been given.  When I take the time to think about it, I am in absolute awe of how God has provided and continues to provide.  Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, it's so good to remember how blessed we are and to think about those with whom we may be able to share our blessings.

I know it has been a while since my last post, but believe me when I tell you that things have certainly not been stagnant.  The past few weeks, I've spent quite a bit of time planning for the hike by making and editing equipment lists, looking over maps and talking with a couple of experienced hikers.  I have now nailed down the route that I'll be taking this summer.  I've decided to backpack the entire portion of the trail in Pennsylvania beginning at the Delaware Water Gap, hiking to the Maryland state boarder and doubling-back about 20 miles to the Michaux Forrest or Pine Grove Furnace State Park to the west of Gettysburg in order to complete the 250 mile goal that I have set.  I've also started collecting equipment and supplies that I'm going to need along the journey.  Unfortunately, my schedule and the early snow has forced me to move inside to train for the time being.  I'm hoping to get outside again in the next couple of days since it is going to be a bit warmer.

Thank you for reading!  May God richly bless you this Christmastide and in the coming year!