It’s officially countdown time! 56 days until I start hiking the AT!!!
I had promised to upload my video from my sponsorship attempt, so here is the link to it! I continued to work on it – I’d hit tech issues – so I took the time to rectify what time limits I’d hit.
There are so many things yet to be done. It seems every time I think about making a list or trying to sort things out I’m still in the same place I was six months ago (which is kind of true as I’m still in the same old apartment). I feel like time has some how moved past me without my knowing. I have spent countless hours writing sponsorship letters to companies asking for their support. I have had a couple responses with affirmative answers – Star must be irresistible because they are all for her!
Thank you Ruffwear and The Honest Kitchen for your support!
My greatest accomplishments, aside from dehydrating copious amounts of food – which I still need to figure out how I’m going to rehydrate it and in what form, is the cleaning and my first REAL gear purchase. When you realize your entire life will be held in a backpack weighing no more than 30lbs it becomes very important to start cleaning out the unnecessary trinkets you have accrued over the years. My method of cleaning is this – If I haven’t used it in 3 months I don’t need it! If it has sentimental meaning than there is a special box for it. My first gear purchase was a Big Agnes sleeping bag!
My other accomplishment, the one you hear about again and again is my knee. But I didn’t get here on my own, I had a good friend give me a piece of advice – one which I have since considered again and again and even offered out to other people. I had stated my frustration to him, the lack of strength in my leg, “I can’t wait to get my strength back!”
To paraphrase what he said: don’t ever say you want to be ‘back’ where you were, you can’t go back there, you need to look forward to new goals.
With that said I reevaluated where I was at and what I wanted. I no longer wanted to be “back” where I had been, walking up stairs. I wanted to be climbing mountains! I had bigger goals and a stronger drive to get where I was going because of this short conversation.
Now I know I have already talked of the importance of gaining strength in my leg but I can’t say enough in regards to it. I have enjoyed these past few snow storms as they provide opportunities outside to go and work my leg out. Snowshoeing is a challenging and exhausting activity which both Star and I enjoy. I am determined not to look back but instead continue forward in my journey!