Hey guys, yep I’m alive and kicking. I know that I have been absent for a while and it seems that my blog has all but withered up and died. But I can assure you that isn’t the case. I am still hiking and still crushing miles (all be it not as fast as some others). This blog is something that I have put on the back burner for a number of reasons, but something that I really do care about. Here is why…
At the start of this journey I decided to write a blog to share my adventures with friends and family along the way. Unfortunately none of them really paid attention (in the beginning) to my blog and so I figured maybe it would be useful to other people doing research for future PCT hikes. I specifically did not want this to be a day-by-day blog, as I did not want to be married to writing every day on trail. I had heard from various people about the difficulties of hiking 25 miles a day, day after day, and the exhausting amount of energy that takes. Unlike most successful bloggers, I am not a writer and therefore this doesn’t just flow for me. I am also BRAND NEW to WordPress and it is a learning curve that I haven’t really had time to embrace. So I decided to make video journals throughout the day as I hiked and thought I would be able to upload those to this blog site which would make it easy for those listening to see and feel what my days are like on trail. Being in front of the camera is a lot easier for me than writing. Unfortunately, none of this panned out the way it was supposed to.
I won’t even go into all of the technical difficulties I have had with this simple task. When you have technical difficulties on trail, it is not easy to research and remedy the situation. My camera shoots in .mov format which is the dumbest thing ever because NOTHING other than Apple products can view these videos easily. I have tried changing the format in my camera, purchased 3 types of SD card transfer devices just to find out that my Fire HDX tablet doesn’t have a way to transfer files other than wirelessly… I have sent SD cards to my sister who can’t read them from her laptop because it won’t even recognise the cards… and so on and so forth. Getting the .mov files from the SD card to my phone or tablet requires transfer software, reading able software and then of course you have to have software to convert the stupid file before you even use other software to compress that file so you can post it or email it. It has been a tornado of problems that I’m frankly quite sick of. I have ALL of this capability in one program on my laptop at home… but that is a 17″ laptop and it is at home. There is no way I’m bouncing that from place to place.
So what is the outcome you may ask? Well, as more and more people have taken notice of my adventure and as I have started to focus more and more of my energy on Vet Connect, it has become apparent that friends and some family now DO indeed care about my progress. It just took them a while to jump on board. I started a community Facebook page that has more people following it that I don’t know than ones that I do know. And that is awesome. In order to help veterans and to brand Vet Connect, we need to reach as many people as possible. So I have decided to revive this blog as a journal and a resource for others to see my progress (even if it may not be in real time). Let’s face it, I’m behind… WAY behind. I write this from mile 1716 and I am now in OR. But the reality is that I do enjoy writing about my travels and I do hope that this blog will help others. Even if it is next year or the year after. So I am going to update the blog as fast as I can. I have all of my video journal entries on SD cards that I can use (along with pics) as a reference to refresh my memory about certain days that have already happened. And I have been writing daily blog posts for the past few weeks, I just won’t post them until I am caught up.
I do hope that I still have one or two followers left on here and I will do my best to give you some great reading material as soon as I can. Some awesome, exciting, and even scary things have happened on this journey and I would love to share them with as many people as I can. Just be patient and understand that we all grow in life and this journey has been no exception. Now I am growing into a blogger and even though it would be MUCH easier to wait until I got home to update these stories, I will do my best to make that happen while I am on trail.
Thanks for reading and thanks for sticking with me on this one. I am SUPER excited about the developments of Vet Connect that have happened lately and I can’t wait to share those with you soon.