Sometimes You Just Need a Weekend

Sometimes You Just Need a Weekend

There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither. ~ Alan Cohen

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve detailed that I’ve been struggling a bit lately.  That doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting idly by and focusing on it.  I go to work of course and then the gym and then I come home and work on my other job.  That job of course is as a combination writer, blogger, brand developer and marketer for my book, have I mentioned I have a book for sale, Appalachian Trail Happiness, it’s getting good reviews you should pick up a copy.  These many hats I possess eat up most of my days and weekends, particularly as I’m ramping up for my Havasu Falls trip and hiking more on the weekends.

So the fact is I’ve been really busy, I’ve had little to no downtime at all.  This weekend the plan was to do my first full weight hike in preparation for the trip.  I planned on getting up early Saturday morning and doing an 8 mile round trip with about 30 pounds on my back.  Then Sunday would be my standard Sunday gym workout weightlifting (legs) and 4o minutes of cardio.  But on Friday no less than 3 people asked me if I was ok, or why I was so low energy.  I wrapped up my Friday gym workout and started to think about my morning hike.  The more I thought about it, the less I was excited about it, the idea of losing an hour of sleep to the time change didn’t help either.

So, I did what I usually do and I listened to my body.  I was tired, I’ve been working hard at the gym for the last few weeks and it was time to take a break.  It wasn’t just physically time for a break, but I needed a mental break as well.  I’ve had too many things flying around in my brain, too many little things nagging at my brain.  What I’ve been describing as death by papercuts.  So Friday night I goofed off and watched a couple of movies.  Saturday I went in and did some grocery shopping including picking up a corned beef to make some corned beef and cabbage.

What I really spent Saturday and Sunday doing  was decluttering my brain.  So I addressed all of the little things that were floating around in my head.  I straightened up the house, put away the laundry, all the way down to lining up my shoes.  I went through piles of papers and boxes yet to have been unpacked since I moved in.  I separated some coins and organized them.  I cleaned up my fireplaces and stacked the last of the wood I have inside the house on the off chance that there is one last cool night before the summer heat comes in full blast.

I took some time to get my gear ready for my Havasu Falls trip.  I aired out my equipment and hung my hammock as a test hang and to remind myself how to do it, it’s been awhile.  It all went up quite well and so I decided to take a little rest in the hammock in the sun.  That’s when the set up slipped loose and I dropped to the ground.  The only thing I bruised was my ego, I’m committed to the rule of never hanging higher than I’m willing to fall.  It was a good learning experience, it reminded me of a step I’d not taken in assembling the rigging.  I also spent some time reading about the hike and the site and figuring out exactly what gear I’d need.  My new point and shoot was also delivered and I’m excited about trying it out and bringing it on the trip.

Havasu Falls

The happiness lesson for this weekend was that sometimes you just need to stop.  You need to take a break from all of the things you’re trying to accomplish to just take care of all of the little stuff. Get the slate cleaned up so that you can better focus on the important things.  Cooking is always a good exercise for getting things right.  Clearing my head was good, I realize I’m itching to make some changes.  I’ll be moving in a couple of months, there are some new opportunities on the horizons.  Life is good, rest helped, cooking helped and a few plates of really good corned beef and cabbage surely didn’t hurt.
~ Rev Kane

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Fear is Killing Your Happiness

Happiness is a Choice

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Appalachian Trail Happiness, Where to buy the Book

My Polar Bear Adventure

 

 

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Yes you can, be happy!

Yes you can, be happy!

pct-3Each fresh peak ascended teaches something. ~ Sir Martin Convay

As I wrote about last week I’ve been struggling a bit lately.  I’m someone, like a lot of you, whose mood sometimes just tanks.  When I was younger this would lead to some pretty serious depression.  It was part of the impetus for the start of the Ministry of Happiness, once I’d done some research on how to be happier, I needed a way to share it with others and the blog was born.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot of techniques to help myself when this happens.  You start with the basics, you eat right, exercise, get the right amount of sleep.  For me writing also helps, unfortunately over the last couple of weeks I have been wholly uninspired on that front.  You look for any stressors and if they can be dealt with you do that.  If they can’t be dealt with, than you don’t have control over them and you have to let them go as best you can.  So over the last couple of the weeks I’ve been working on all of this and my mood still hadn’t elevated at all.

At least until yesterday.

Over the last few years writing this blog I’ve really come to believe that happiness only comes through action.  Sure, most of the time the basics will keep you level and bring you up if your mood dips.  But to get happier or to recover from the bigger dips you have to take action.  Sometimes that action relates to a specific problem in your life, but often, there isn’t a clear problem that’s effecting your mood.  Many times it’s a bunch of the small things, what I like to call death by paper cuts.  Lots of small wounds that bleed your mood, this has been what the last few weeks has felt like.

fix polar bear faceWhen I do talks about my book Appalachian Trail Happiness and my time on the Appalachian Trail I relate a very specific message from the wrap up section of the book.  That message is Yes you can!  Specifically what that message means is yes you can take action.  Yes you can go on adventures.  The expectation isn’t that you do some of the things I do, although you can!  You don’t have to go to Nepal and hike in the Himalayas, or travel to Canada and photograph Polar Bears or hike the Appalachian Trial.  What you can do, is do something.  You can go for a walk on a local park trail, want to ramp it up, go at night!  I assure you there are lots of hikes, art galleries and a whole list of adventures within an hour of your house, all you have to do is look for them.

unaka-enhancedAs a hiker, and someone gearing up to backpack Havasu Falls in four weeks, I decided this weekend to go for a hike.  The Pacific Crest Trail crosses Walker Pass about 20 miles from my house and so this Saturday I decided to go out and do a few hours on the trail.  Heading north out of the pass is a good walk, it’s basically an uphill run with a solid elevation gain of about a thousand feet over 3-4 miles.  So a nice three-hour out and back hike gives you an eight mile hike up over 5000 feet.  Nice training for the 10 miles I’ll do into and out of Havasu Falls.

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

One of the things that I’ve been experiencing lately is feeling completely scattered, like I’m moving in a million directions at once.  Hiking is a beautiful cure for that situation, at least while you’re on the trail.  Hiking brings focus and mindfulness when you’re on the trail.  You have to be in the moment or you find yourself face down on the ground.  And although you’re focused on your steps, it allows just enough to space for your brain to go deep on one thing at a time.  Hiking let’s me take some deep dives, get some perspective and see things in ways I don’t in everyday life.   It helps me declutter my brain, throw away some of the things I shouldn’t be worrying about and put my focus in the right place.  That’s what Saturday did for me, it was a beautiful sunny day, windy and a little chilly but once I was climbing it felt good.  I ran into a family hiking, I always love seeing munchkin hikers on the trail.  One little girl was particularly adorable with her Dora the Explorer backpack and tiny trekking poles.

I took a little break to eat up on one of the saddles I crossed and ate looking over a couple of valleys with snow in the upper elevations.  On the trail, even for a day the world gets calm and simpler and I can’t help but feel good.  The beauty of this feeling is that it extends past the time on the trail.  I head into a new workweek in a better place than I’ve been over the last couple of weeks and my training plan includes being back in the mountains this weekend and each of the weekends leading up to my trip in April.

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Shots from Walker Pass this weekend on the PCT

pct-cool-cloud pct-lichen-rock pct-snow-trail So if you’re in the same place my friends, yes, you can do the same thing I did.  Maybe not in the same way, but a little adventure, a little nature and hopefully you’ll have a happier day. ~ Rev Kane

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Fear is Killing Your Happiness

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Writing Away the Darkness

Appalachian Trail Happiness, Where to buy the Book

My Polar Bear Adventure

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Happiness, Mindfulness & Decisions

Happiness, Mindfulness & Decisions

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Rev Kane relaxing in the arctic snow flurries

Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all those things that add up to the person you become. ~ Angelina Jolie

It’s been a confusing couple of weeks for me, of course it’s also been an incredibly busy.  There is the standard 50 hour work week.  On top of that is my blogging work, my creative writing and of course everything related to marketing my book that just came out Appalachian Trail Happiness.  I’m not complaining, I’ve brought this all on myself as I work toward getting to my goal of transitioning to someone who makes more of my living via writing and speaking engagements.

Also, things are going well.  I’ve picked up two more speaking gigs in the last few weeks.  I’m also very excited to have finally gotten through to the permit lines for Havasu Falls and will be doing a backpacking trip into the fall in April.

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

I’m also looking to buy a new camera for hiking, it’s been a few years since I’ve updated my camera equipment and I realized on my Jordan trip that particularly in low light photography the technology has eclipsed what I have currently been using.  Plus I want to go to something lighter than my DSLRs.

There have been a couple of big decisions I’ve been mulling over, one pretty personal that I’ll keep to myself for now.  The second is more career oriented.  As those of you who read this blog regularly know, every five years I leave my job and take off on an adventure.  My next one is creeping up in 2019.  I’m hoping to do a really big trip if I can get sponsorship, the plan is to do a hike on each of the seven continents with a few side trips as well.   Tentatively I’m looking at Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Machu Pichu, finishing the Appalachian Trial, the overland trek in Tasmania, the Western Highland and Great Glenn Ways in Scotland and of course any place I walk on Antarctica will be utterly amazing.

The trip has been tentatively settled in my mind for a time.  The question I’ve been struggling with has been related to what position I come back to after the trip.  I’ve been sitting on the fence between, dropping into a program directorship or faculty position, jobs that would give me more personal satisfaction.  Or, come back to larger higher paying positions that have less student contact.  A lot of what has been driving my decision is how it will impact my pension at retirement based on when I’d like to retire.  After wrestling with this decision I’ve decided that the higher paying positions make more sense.  I think I’ve been at this decision for a time, but now I’m finally comfortable with it.

This is the dilemma we all deal with, we all have that idea of what would be a perfect career, but reality gets in the way and it’s hard to get to where we want to be.  The answer is to have a clearly set goal, to be patient and make progress, constantly make progress until you can finally jump fully into what you want to do.

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At the Everest Rock Bar after the white-knuckle flight to Lukla on the trail to Everest

So I’ve had all of this on my mind and I’ve been really busy.  This has led to me also being really scattered, not paying as much attention to my health and that has messed with my sleep a bit.  Which all means it’s time to do what you always have to do when you are out of sorts and come back to basics.  Sleeping right, eating right, exercising and being more mindful.  So I’ve started eating better, starting meditating as well and started focusing on being more mindful.  That point was especially driven home when a friend thanked me for the signed copy of my book I sent him, just one problem, in my scattered state I forgot to sign it.  Coincidentally I had just done a post on mindfulness so that worked out well.

I’ve also ramped up my workouts, because in a little over four weeks I’ll hit the trail to Havasu and I really can’t wait.  Tonight my friends I hope you are all busy as well, I hope you are making progress on your goals and having many happy days ~ Rev Kane

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My Everest Base Camp Travelogue

Happiness and the Benefits of Gratitude

Fear is Killing Your Happiness

Happiness is a Choice

Writing Away the Darkness

Appalachian Trail Happiness, Where to buy the Book

My Polar Bear Adventure

 

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Happiness, Gossip & Comments

Happiness, Comments & Gossip

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What I’ve found – and the older I get, the more I understand this and stand behind it – is, my whole life has been an exploration of telling the truth. It’s scary to be truthful, and it’s scary to reveal yourself, and I’m very attracted to doing things that scare me. ~ Jane Wiedlin

So I encountered something online today that I thought was worth sharing and talking about.  I see a lot of really mean comments on social media these days.  As someone who is on social media quite a bit I also get my fair share of these type of comments.  My favorite one to talk about because of the sheer and utter silliness of it was related to a photo I shared of a sunset.

fix-1The comment on the photo when I posted it on Twitter was simply, “fake.”  I ignored the comment, what was it meant to mean?  Was it that the sky wasn’t real, lol?  Ok, sure I know the person commenting was implying it was a Photoshop construction not a real photo.  In the photo above, I’ve tweaked the contrast and saturation a little to get the image to reflect reality a bit more than the image that came out of the camera.  But the comment really was only about one thing, this person wanted a reaction.  He wanted to make me feel bad and get me to react.  But why?  What is missing in this person’s life that he needs to lash out negatively for attention?  You can see this type of behavior in almost every comment section to any kind of article.  Completely innocuous articles have comments that turn into horrid political dog fights.  I find it incredibly sad.

Tonight I want to say, whatever it is they are missing, I hope they find it.  I hope that they find peace and happiness in their life.  I really hope that they will learn that being angry online will not solve their problems.

Trolls online remind me of people who gossip.  People gossip because there is something missing in their lives.  But we all get sucked into it, especially in office environments.  I know it’s hard to step above it but we need to.  Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it will make us happier.  When we gossip, we know we are doing something we shouldn’t, it’s usually something negative and unnecessary and so we feel guilty and this diminishes our happiness.

So how to we keep ourselves and our co-workers in check.  What I bumped into online today were three simple questions that we should ask ourselves before we talk about something, and before we post something online.

  1. Is it true?
  2. Is it kind?
  3. Is it necessary?

Is it true? Do you know for a fact that what you are about to say or post is accurate.  Is the information from a reliable source, not sure, then don’t say or post it.

Is it kind?  Is what you are about to say or post something that is mean spirited, will it make someone feel bad?  If so, then why post or say it, what is the point?

Is it necessary? What is the point of what you are about to say or post.  If you don’t need to say or post it, if it’s not true and/or kind, just stop.  If more of us would employ these questions before we say or post something we’d all have happier days my friends.

~ Rev Kane

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Fear is Killing Your Happiness

Happiness is a Choice

Writing Away the Darkness

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Happiness and Changing Perceptions

Happiness and Changing Perceptions

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Rev Kane and a hiking friend

Studies have shown that 90% of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas. ~ Edward de Bono

I don’t look like a Reverend, or a Dean or some people may argue I don’t even look like a nice guy.  Looking not much differently than in the picture above I was once kayaking at Moss Landing near Monterey, CA.  I saw a woman in another kayak start to paddle my way, stop, start, stop and then finally with great resolve paddle straight at me.  I found it odd and eventually she pulled up alongside me and said hello.  She was a volunteer who talked to people about the various species in the area and answered questions.  After I’d explained I was an ecologist and likely more trained than her, she smiled and said goodbye.  Then, she stopped and told me that coming up to me was her big challenge for the day.  I looked confused and she told me she was completely intimidated and afraid of me because I looked so mean, and that coming up to me was an act of bravery and she was so happy that I turned out to be so nice.

me drinkOur perceptions are often wrong and my atypical appearance given the titles I possess often confuses people.  We must overcome the reactions to our initial perceptions and look a little closer.  I truly believe that seeing the world as it is, instead of how we believe it to be will bring us closer to happiness because it brings us closer to reality.  The reason I decided to talk about this tonight was because recently I’ve had a string of these type of interactions, so I thought I would share as a way to remind all of us to guard ourselves against our own misperceptions.

Rev Kane at Mardi Gras in Mobile, AL

Rev Kane at Mardi Gras in Mobile, AL

I was in the grocery store recently and ran into a woman I work with and she was with her young daughter, probably 3 or 4 years old.  I said hello and the little girl got shy and wrapped herself on her mother’s legs.  As I passed by she said to her mother, “was he a boy or a girl?” Her mother said, “Mr. Kane is a boy,” “but I thought only girls had pony tails,” the little girl replied.  I laughed.  I found it funny because she’d asked if HE was a girl and although I have a full beard, apparently the pony tail had more power.  I like that my confusing presence has opened her little world a little bit.

fingerThe little statue I have pictured above is one of my favorite pieces of art that I owned.  Recently my landlord’s wife was admiring it, telling me how much she liked it.  We talked about the artist a bit and suddenly she says, “oh, God, it’s flipping me off I hadn’t seen that.”  She was suddenly no longer interested in the piece.  I thought it was cute that because the piece was aggressive she suddenly found it ugly.  Same piece, just another perspective, another perception and everything was different.

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Rev Kane in his first year at Burning Man

Watch your perceptions my friends, look for truth and have a happy day. ~ Rev Kane

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What is Happiness?

What is Happiness?

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Simple Joy

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.  ~ Omar Khayyam

So I sat down tonight to do my weekly post and I hit the wall that is writer’s block.  I played some of the mental games I normally do in this situation and nothing seemed to help.  Nor did cooking a pot of curry, a shower, a fire or anything else.  Finally, in a last attempt to stir my brain I Googled happiness and the first thing that popped up was a definition.  So I decided tonight that I should answer that most basic of question, what is happiness.

Let’s start with the dictionary definition:

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may also reflect judgements by a person about their overall well-being.

unaka quoteOne of the places, as the quote suggests, where I find happiness is in nature.  I love hiking and just being in nature.  Natural quiet is something I seek out as our world becomes ever louder.  To be able to sit in the sun and hear nothing but natural sound brings me incredible contentment.

We all have those moments and times where we find joy, pleasure or contentment.  But we do not survive on just those moments, they provide temporary sustenance for our souls but my goal is to live in a state of happiness.  I’m not naive, I realize that no person is happy every single second of their life.  Things happen to us, those close to us are hurt or die.  We make the wrong choice and get our hearts broken and sometime the vagaries of chance claim our day.  Yes, these things will happen to all of us, they are unavoidable.

This is why I’d like to add something to the dictionary definition of happiness.  Resilience, happiness is about feeling joy and contentment, but it’s also about resilience.  Resilience is your ability to bounce back after a set back or even tragedy.   First, it’s important that we know what happiness is, that we experience joy and contentment so that we know what state of being we’re chasing.  Second, we need to become stronger people, we need to understand that we can survive the things that happen to us.  We can not only overcome and get past them, but that we can be happy again.  You can learn how to build all four types of resilience.

We must develop the tools and habits in our life to make sure we can attain happiness when things go wrong.  We have to associate ourselves with people who make us feel good about ourselves.  We need to smile, choose to be positive and to take the best side of any situation.  We need to be grateful for what we have and express that gratitude.  At a most basic level we need to stay healthy, we need to sleep enough, avoid stress, exercise and eat right.

If we do these things we can be happy, we can stay in a state of contentment and find joy and even when things go wrong we can find our way back and have happy days my friends ~ Rev Kane

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Happiness and the Benefits of Gratitude

Fear is Killing Your Happiness

Happiness is a Choice

Writing Away the Darkness

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Appalachian Trail Happiness, Where to buy the Book

Appalachian Trail Happiness, Where to Buy the Book

at-happPlease forgive my shameless plug tonight but I wanted to provide all of the purchasing information for my book in one place ~ Rev Kane

What I hope you can get out of this book is a feeling for the Appalachian Trail Community: thru-hikers, hostel owners, trail towns and trail angels who all conspire to make hiking the AT an amazing experience.  I knew the community existed, but the positive impact it had on me—the power of this community—completely caught me by surprise, a really pleasant surprise.  Sure, there will be a good bit about the trail, the geography, the weather and the mountains, but it’s mostly about the people, the culture and my own twisted brain.  The book is drawn out of three things: my journal entries, descriptions and definitions of trail terms, and the writings I undertook while hiking the trail. I also answered three questions every day; what was the most beautiful thing I encountered, what did I learn, what made me happy today?

Amazon & Kindle   – You can find both the paperback ($9.99) and ebook ($2.99) at Amazon, if you buy the paperback you get the ebook as a bonus for 99 cents if you are so inclined.

Createspace  – If you order through Createspace ($9.99), Amazon doubles my royalty.  I’m assuming they do this to help drive traffic to the Createspace store.  So if you want to help maximize my royalty this is the best way.

Signed Copy – If you would like a signed copy please contact me directly at happinesskane@aol.com.  For these I have to order a copy from Createspace, then sign it and ship it to you directly, due to the double shipping I charge $15 for this option.

No matter how you buy the book, I’m thankful that you have and thank you very much for supporting my work and I hope you enjoy it. A quick synopsis is below. ~ Rev Kane

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Remember, We All Want to be Happy

Remember, We All Want to be Happy

01Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.       ~ Albert Einstein

I don’t normally do politically oriented posts on this blog and this will likely be a one time thing, there is more than enough political turmoil on social media to occupy all of our time and give us plenty of anxiety.  When I think of politics and political discussions I start thinking of happiness.  However, there is a lot of political strife and division in my country right now.  It unfortunately seems to be bringing out both the best and the worst in my fellow Americans.

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I know the language is harsh but I have to agree with the sentiment

I had an interaction on Facebook  the other day.  I saw a post from someone who referred to all Iranians as Neanderthals, I objected to this comment. Someone else then piled on explaining it applied to all Muslims, not just Iranians. Likely, neither of these individuals had ever been to Iran or any Muslim country.  I wonder how many, or if, they have Muslim friends or even know any Muslims.  It is unfortunate our President and others with a large media reach, Bill Maher for example, keep spreading propaganda related to Muslims and Islam. It’s sad really, and utterly divisive, it gives tacit permission to bigots to spew their hate.

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My friend Hevs with Saudi Arabia in the background

One of the things I advocate for a lot on this site is travel.  Generally, it is for the purpose of making you happier by broadening your experience, stretching you and getting you out of your normal life in the default world.  There is a secondary benefit, one that I don’t talk about as much, a detail really to the idea of broadening your experience.

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With my new Bedouin friend Noel in Petra, Jordan

When you travel, particularly to other  countries/cultures you get to see the world from a different perspective.  You get to see your home country through other people’s eyes.  You see that people in other places have the same day-to-day concerns that you and I do.  You see that parents love their children everywhere, that the sounds of kids playing and laughing is universal.  You learn that a smile is a smile in every language.

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Sherpa Mother and Child I met in Nepal

My hope is that Muslims in the United States and overseas see the outpouring of support Americans are showing at airport protests around the country. Our governments may be bad actors, but people are people. We all love our families, we all work to keep food on the table, we all wish we had more say and control over what our government does. Most Americans understand that Islam is not our enemy, that every religion and every country has bad actors who make their countries and religions look violent and unloving.

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Rev Kane making friends in Nepal

My hope for the people in my country is that no matter how anxious we get, no matter how divisive our politics, we remember that deep down we are all brothers and sisters.  All human beings with the same wants, needs and desires.  Please remember my friends no matter your politics, religion or nationality, we all want to be happy, so let’s treat each other with kindness, compassion and express gratitude for the good in this world. Then we can all have happier days. ~ Rev Kane

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Happiness and the Benefits of Gratitude

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Happiness is a Choice

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Trail Family Meeting on the Appalachian Trail

Trail Family Meeting on the Appalachian Trail

unaka-enhancedOnly one who wanders finds a new path ~ Norwegian Proverb

So as I posted recently my friend Awesome is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.  We hiked together on the AT back in 2015 and he instantly became trail family.  Awesome’s week has been going well,  he says his body is holding up well and he’s enjoying his hike.  This week he made it up to the Top of Georgia Hostel and took a break.

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Awesome

It had slipped my mind that another member of my trail family, my buddy Mau, was working at the hostel in Georgia.  I got a great reminder when a text message came in from Awesome telling me they had just met.  I was so excited to hear this and was glad that the two of them had met on the trail.

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Mau and Rev Kane

I have stories about both of these fine gentlemen in my book that was just published, Appalachian Trail Happiness.  I have an incredibly amount of respect for both of them, Mau who finished the trail in 2015 ad Awesome who’s on his way this year.

at-happI miss my trail family, I miss being on the trail.  I did a short hike on the PCT today, the only moments of true peace I seem to find are on the trail.  Today was a particularly beautiful day, a combination of snow on the trail and sixty degree weather made for a great little hike.

pct-2 pct-3I hope you are finding ways to get some peace, take care of yourself, it’s important, and have a happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane

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Petra a 2300 Year Old City

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Appalachian Trail Happiness

Appalachian Trail Happiness

at-happThe clearest way into the universe is through a forest of wilderness ~ John Muir

So I’m happy to announce that my book is live and on sale on Amazon, the link is below:

Appalachian Trail Happiness

Rev Kane on his first day on the Appalachian Trail

Rev Kane on his first day on the Appalachian Trail

 

 

 

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