Ready to Continue!

Heading Back to Virginia!
Today is Wednesday, February 25th and I wanted to inform anyone still following that I will be heading back to the trail in a few days. I had intended to leave Minnesota this coming Saturday (2/28), but the sudden funeral of a dear friend and the recent warnings to AT thru-hikers about current weather conditions have shifted that plan by a couple of days. I hope to be on the trail by the end of next week and will try to get an update out within a week or so after that.

Video
For anyone interested, I’m included a link to a draft of a video I’m working on to capture memories prepping for and hiking on the trail. Once the final part of the hike is done I intend to add sections for all 14 states so it serves as a video scrapbook. Fair warning: I made this purely as a personal scrapbook so you may find it tedious and self-indulgent.

Australia
As some of you know, Wendy and I spent part of January and February visiting her dad and his wife in Australia. As reflected in these photos, it has been a tale of two winters. And as fun as it was with Roly and Jane in Surfer’s Paradise, I’m thrilled to be returning to Appalachia to restart the hiking engine and try to close out my remaining miles. Thank you once again for your suppport. I hope we enjoy another 6-8 weeks together following white blazes on this final push to Georgia. I’ll see you on the trail near Pearisburg very soon!

Good friends make Christmas fun!

Good friends make Christmas fun!

Fish house shany town on our lake, days before leaving for Australia.

Fish house shanty town on Medicine lake, days before leaving for Australia.

Wendy, Jane and Roly moments before getting soaked.

Wendy, Jane and Roly on our first day in Australia, moments before getting soaked.

Frequent morning visitor on the back deck.

Frequent morning visitor on our back deck

This guy turned to the camera on cue!

This guy turned to the camera on cue!

Yep, these things are everywhere.

Yep, these things are everywhere.

Just another day in Aussie paradise

Another day in Aussie paradise

Every day is a postcard on the Gold Coast.

Every day is a postcard on the Gold Coast.

Australian guillotine- a lot like the one on the AT!

Australian guillotine- a lot like the one on the AT!

Rain Forest in February!

Rain forest in February!

A pirate, washed ashore. Aaarrrr!

Pirate washed ashore

Back to reality: a van crosses Medicine Lake yesterday (2/24). Can you feel the biting wind?

Back to reality: a van crosses Medicine Lake yesterday (2/24). Can you feel the biting wind?

Max (Michael)

4 thoughts on “Ready to Continue!

  1. CoveGirl646

    Love the video! We will miss you! Once your on the trail again, send me an address so I can send some more goodies (Yes, I will make the package smaller this time.) Party when you come back! XO

    1. max Post author

      Thanks Heidi! Sorry it took a while to respond, but say hi to Chad for me and I’ll definitely hold you to that party if I ‘complete the mission.’ Cheers!

  2. Ollie G

    Hey Dad,
    know that i’m following along and hope you have a safe and fun hike the rest of the way down. can’t wait to see the pictures and more video. keep up the good work

    1. max Post author

      Oliver: thinking of you a lot on this trip, especially the recent times in Seattle and BC. All the best in the PI and thanks for staying tuned! Love, Dad

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