Friday, November 23, 2007

ATrip4Steve Presentation

Hello all, I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving! Mine was filled with lots of turkey and all the fixins and of course a few visits to REI and Great Outdoor. As I was talking with G-Maze aka Mr. Mazur, we decided I would be giving a presentation of my trip in it's entirety on the final 215 Scout meeting of the year (December 17th). Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. I hope to see you all there.

All for now,

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Charlotte Shakedown

Well school's been kicking my behind here lately, i swear doing 35 miles in a day is easier than the stuff they have me doing least it seems like it. All I ever think about is how great the trail was, but I guess that's expected. Ben don't you go teasing me about the PCT, because I will do it in a heartbeat. I have been trying to tell myself that its not a possibility in the near future but I feel its gravitational pull.

All for now,


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Live from UF

So I don't know if anyone still checks this on a regular basis, but i'll admit that I do. I suppose it is a bit odd that I do because I should be the one posting on it.

Well the transition back to school went less than smoothly for me but by now I have stabilized and am pretty well adjusted. Upon re-entering Florida on Sunday August 25th, my body went into anaphylactic shock and my brother ended up taking me to the E.R. After some IV's and minor tests I was released and ended up making it to school on Wednesday, missing my first 4 days of school. No further symptoms occurred and all following blood work came back normal so the matter remains unanswered. But I am doing well now and have no reason to believe I will go into it again.

After playing catch up for a while with classes, homework, social events, etc. I have adjusted to a regular schedule (that is far different than one in the woods along the AT i might add!). I am working for a mechanical contractor down here and have been able to put in long weeks while still being a full-time student. Last week, i worked 30 hrs including a 5:00 AM concrete pour on one of the buildings I am helping with.

But the woods are calling my name. I am really missing the freedom and challenge that go hand in hand with long distance backpacking. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) has been on the radar since the beginning of August (when Spence and I were in southern Maine about to finish) and I am thinking it will be sooner than later. Stay tuned for details on that.

Again, thanks all for the continued support. It means so much to us.

-Bandanna Ben