I am back home in Florida and reunited with Katana, family, friends, and loved ones. It’s an adjustment being back, but nowhere near as bad as it has been in the past. Mostly because I’m distracted by my obsession/drive to get back out there and finish what I started (properly) as soon as possible. The ridiculously hot weather down here makes it hard to believe there could be feet of snow on the ground only half the country away; which adds to the feeling of “I SHOULD BE HIKING RIGHT NOW!”
Katana is doing great. The little rapscallion was nothing but spoiled in my absence, which her rotund appearance is evidence of. It’s obvious she’s had it a little “too easy” since I’ve been gone. Time to dial back the treats and long afternoon naps and get her moving again. When I walked through the door and saw her for the first time in over three months, I think she felt a mixture of disbelief, dubious-ness, and appalled-ness. She wagged her little but, smelled me and let me pet her for a few mintues; then promptly jumped up on the couch and snuggled up next to my dad while giving me a blank stare that clearly read, “Where the F#%K have you been!?” This animal oozes sass and holds grudges. If it wasn’t so adorable, I might be inclined to have my feelings hurt. She warmed back up to me pretty quick and is back to following me around everywhere and sleeping next to my head at night. We’ve got a lot of work and conditioning to do before we make our second run at the CDT.
With all this newfound downtime to write and work on projects, I’m going to be trying to revamp the blog. Rather than making posts only about my current trail exploits, I’m going to start producing more/different content. I’m also going to make the effort to try and be more interactive on the blog (responding to comments/emails) and social media. When I was hiking, every spare moment went to writing, eating, and resting. I never really took the time to show my appreciation and respond to all of you; I’m going to change that.
I’m going to start making more posts about gear, information and tips on various trail/hiking related subjects, short stories, trail fitness, mental fitness, info about the different trails and sections, frequent Q&A posts, etc. I may even take a page from Jessica’s playbook and start making some videos on youtube. The idea of speaking into a camera makes me incredibly uncomfortable, but life is about pushing out of your comfort zone.
While I’m at it, I thought I might tap into your minds and get some feedback from ya’ll. What are some things you guys might like to see addressed on the blog/website. I’m looking for suggestions on stuff that really piques your interests; posts relating to specific gear, general questions about the trail, preparing for the trail, trail life, adventures, etc. Anything adventure related, hiking related, fishing, hunting, exercise, motivation, whatever! I want to know what YOU want to know. ANYTHING! I need ideas on what to start focusing on first so I can grow this site and appeal to a larger audience while providing content people are genuinely interested in. Your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions are all greatly appreciated. Hopefully I can start making regular posts every few days.
Thank you all in advance for any and all help/participation!