Mike’s Blog

  • Home! It’s been good to be home! Being back with Bren and family, our conference grounds family, lots of great food (not trail food), ice cream each night, daily shower- even if I don’t need one, clean clothes every morning, and so much more! It has been relaxing and my ...
  • Surprise!!! Side Trail to Home – Grand Haven, Michigan Yes, after almost nine weeks on the trail and covering just over 500 miles I did a surprise visit back home to see my wife, Brenda, my children and grandchildren, and our Conference Grounds family for Labor Day weekend. It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and fall ...
  • Addition to the privy update. The puckets in the privy or large grey bins contain either wood shavings that the trail volunteers bring in or leaves and twigs that hikers gather prior to going and place in the hole after going. It helps the decomposition process and with the smell. It’s a good thing. ...
  • Trail Privies! One of the basics of trail life are the proves. When your body tells you have to pee you just walk off the trail and go into the woods or rock pile and relieve yourself, easy enough. When you have to do the waste management thing (poop) you have three ...
  • Crossing the Connecticut river going into Norwich, Vermont. See attached picture
  • Days 49-54: Hanover, New Hampshire to Killington, Vermont After a zero day in Hanover I crossed over the Connecticut river (attached picture) and into Vermont! I have now survived the two toughest states, Maine and New Hampshire. Eagerly anticipating easier trails, less rock, and climbs and descents that are less steep. I was not disappointed! Hiking was enjoyable ...
  • Days 45 – 48: The last 45 miles in New Hampshire! As south bound hikers we were now looking forward to easier hiking based upon our guidebooks. The highest climbs were in the 2000 foot range and descents were less steep. Still lots of rock to climb over and around, but very manageable! The weather was good for the first two ...
  • Day44: Climbing Mt. Mooselauki! After five more days of hiking and little or no cell phone coverage it’s time for an update now that I’m in Hanover, NH, on the New Hampshire / Vermont border. I have now hiked just under 450 miles since my start on July 3. Mt. Mooselauki us a 4,800 feet ...
  • Pictures Some of the mountain tops and views in the whites.
  • August 13-14: Rest Days! Coming down Kinsman mountain in the rain I decided to take a zero day to refresh, resupply, and give my knees a break from all the up and downs. I’m staying at the Notch Hiker Hostel (picture attached). I stay in the bunkhouse with about 20-24 other hikers, get pancakes ...