Who am I ?
The answer to that question is constantly changing and evolving as time marches on and new adventures are had; but the short answer is me… Kyle Rohrig. I’m an avid outdoors-man, even more avid fisherman, long distance hiker, athletic trainer, writer, and self proclaimed amateur philosopher.
I am Mayor.
I received the trail name/nickname “Mayor” when I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014. Originally from California, I’ve called the Florida panhandle home for almost sixteen years. Since my 6 month life changing adventure on the Appalachian Trail, my approach and outlook on life and living have changed drastically. I’ve come to realize the best things in life aren’t “things,” they’re people, places, and experiences. Since this revelation, the aim of my existence has been pointed towards… meeting people, spending more time with friends and family, going new places in the most unique ways possible, and keeping myself open to whatever comes my way.
My goal is to share these adventures and experiences in hopes of inspiring and empowering others to pursue their own personal definition of happiness. Mine is freedom; the freedom to have the flexibility and courage to do and go where I want, when I want. To not always be on someone else’s watch, tied down, a slave to my own materialistic desires, or someone else’s agenda. It’s taken a great deal of discipline and no small amount of sacrifice, but I’ve been fortunate enough to reach a point in my life where my dreams of happiness are no longer dreams, but realities.
Presently, my adventures take on the form of long distance hiking. Walking thousands of miles through wilderness, over mountains, and thru swamps in hopes of better understanding myself, the world, and having some unforgettable times in the process. So far I’ve completed the nearly 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, 1100 miles of the Florida Trail and hundreds of extra miles in section hikes. I have 2 more goals for this year (2019), hike the 800 mile Vermont Trail and then tackling the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail (CDT).
When I embark on these endeavors, I do not go alone. My little dog Katana, aka “CatFox” comes with me. If it wasn’t for this little bundle of sass and contrary-ness, I wouldn’t get into half the crazy side adventures I always seem to end up on. She’s a handful, but I wouldn’t have it any other way… most of the time. To read more about Katana you can visit her facebook page (yes that’s right-her facebook page) Adventures of Catfox or you can read more about her and her antics on these blog pages.