Adios Fernando

We sold my car yesterday. It was bittersweet for me because Fernando & I have been together longer than J & I have been! He has lived coast to coast with me and we have shared 124,000 miles together. I know his new owner will take very good care of him, so that helps. We…

More Cake

It always happens that we make our friends when we are leaving a place. I’ve found as adults, it takes 3 years to settle into a place and make friends, especially when you don’t have kids to make it happen for you. We’ve been in NH for 3 years, 10 months. So without fail, for…

Friday the 13th

Today is J’s last day of work. He decided to wear his favorite green shirt.Out of the 3 years, 10 months he has been in this position, he probably wore this shirt once a week. We said more goodbyes this week. J had his spring gathering with other rec directors around the state on Wednesday…

Surprise!

We are currently in Chicagoland! We surprised J’s mom and grandma. For the past 4 years, we have been coming to Chicago for Mother’s Day, but this year we said no can do. But we lied. And they were super surprised. We got to see SILAdventure and DocDoc for all of 20 hours (6 hours…

Goods

J has the incredible ability to get things for a discount or even for free. That guy is one smooth talker … He won me over with hello. He has trained me and I have gotten better at this skill, but I will never be J. Just like Chris Angel will never be David Copperfield.…

More QT with Friends

Our yard sale helped us get rid of some small stuff and we donated the rest. We still have some bigger items, like book shelves, etc., that we’d like to divest, but there’s time and craigslist. Gotta love the craig. The rest of the weekend was spent with friends. First, we went up north to…

ONE MONTH TO GO

WE ARE NOW 31 DAYS FROM STARTING OUR TREK. Sorry for the all caps, but I am bursting with every emotion possible! So anyways, 31 days. That’s 744 hours. 44,640 minutes. You get the point. D-Day is almost upon us. Oddly enough, June 6, our starting date, IS actually the anniversary of a real D-Day,…

You’ve Got Mail!

Lots of people are asking us, “can I/we send you something on the trail?” The answer is, yes you can, pleaseandthankyou!! We (translation, I) carefully laid out specific towns where we will plan to pick up packages versus towns where we shop and resupply at the local grocer. Here are some guidelines if you plan…

Cross Training

We did some major spring cleaning through our belongings this weekend to prepare for the arduous task of packing up our lives and dispersing it to several locations. But, we couldn’t let the weekend go by without getting outside and enjoying the sunshine and spring weather (finally). So we went biking with Paul & Kristen…

Local Celebrity Status for a Day

The town is talking … here’s an article in our local newspaper about J’s departure. Something I haven’t mentioned on the blog is that since J gave his notice, there’s talk about changing his position, cutting the hours. J does not want to see that happen. He thought by giving so much notice, they could…

AT FAQ

Lots of questions coming in about our big adventure, so I put together a trail FAQ page. It’s long, but very informative. I can always add to it, so if there is something that needs explaining, let us know! Enjoy your education! What are you doing?We are attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) Southbound…

9 Weeks until the AT!

I am switching up these weekly posts from week 43 of unemployment to 9 weeks until the AT because the focus has now shifted! Holy cannoli, 9 weeks to go!!!! What a big week. As I said, J gave his notice, which was both sad, exciting and scary. We are (translation, I am) making progress…

Week 42 of Unemployment

Busy week again, which included J getting a root canal and an interview on Monday for me. This was for a contract writing project that would start immediately and last about a month. Perfect! The subject matter is Medicare. Did I just make you vomit in your mouth? Sorry! But I love writing about health…