I wanted to let everyone know what has been going on since I finished the trail on 11.20.2011.
First, here are a few photos from the end...
My last entry...
Props to my brother Micah for taking these photos for me! Thanks Micah!
For those who are interested, I am working on a DVD with pictures, videos, commentary, and general nonsense for anyone who would like to have one to "live" my trip even more! I am not going to be selling them, but if you need me to ship one to you, I would appreciate it if you could help me cover shipping expenses. I would welcome any donations as well as I will be investing a lot of time and some money into the DVDs.
I will be revamping my blog and formatting it into a full website where you would actually be able to "donate" for the DVD via the site as well as contact me through e-mail and keep up with me as I progress through life and... who knows, maybe even to another trail! :-) PCT? CDT? Teaser?
Well, I rode my motorcycle the following day after I returned. I actually screamed for the first 5 minutes and nearly lost my voice. It was incredible. I also played drums in the same day and I thought I was going to explode because of the happiness that had welled up inside of me!
Thankfully, I have been able to find a few small jobs to help me bring in a little income while I try to take care of about 3,000 tasks from my tasklist. I have attended a few Christmas parties, one of which I donned a green santa sweater, red suspenders a red beanie, and... you guessed it, my red hiking shorts. I CAN'T HELP IT! They practically became part of my being! I have restrained myself, but the opportunity presented itself. I will say that I think I met every single person at that party (40+ people) and awesomely enough... NO ONE else got the memo about the tacky christmas apparel. I have no shame.
I went deer hunting for the second time in my life and killed TWO deer that evening! I also went grouse hunting with my grandfather. I am thoroughly enjoying all of these other activities, but I will admit that I have definitely experienced a type of post-hiking depression at times. I didn't think that I would experience this, but I moved my bag the other day and got a whiff of it and had a flood of emotions and thoughts. It was intense. I miss backpacking, but I also know that I am needed IN society to make an impact on people. It is difficult to do that if I am always walking in the woods.
On the contrary, I feel that there are people in the woods that I can also interact with. I do plan to hike more and hopefully I can begin planning something for the future once I get my life straightened out and organize my direction a little more! I will make a shameless shout out to my friend Lloyd Langhammer that eventually I will need to experience the thrill of the hike in NV! It's never to early to plan!
I have gotten used to changing clothes (almost daily) and wearing "normal" attire. Here, I am sporting my typical musician attire while posing with an orange. I am considering going into the fruit modeling business...
Please keep in touch and check up with me. I will not be offended if you never read my blog again, but I will be offended if you tell me I am a loser and then never read my blog again, so please hold all negative feedback to yourself. haha.
I hope that you will all continue to follow my sporadic posting and contact me periodically to see how things are going. I want to sincerely thank everyone that has read my blog and let you know that your support has been very encouraging. I appreciate your interest in the blessing that I call my life.
Posted 13th December 2011 by Josh Seehorn