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Yes you can, be happy!

Yes you can, be happy! Originally published 12/2018 Each 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 … Continue reading

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Three Questions and some thoughts from Anza-Borrego State Park

Three Questions and some thoughts from Anza-Borrego State Park What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse. ~ Edward Abbey As many of you … Continue reading

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Petra: Happiness in a 2300 Year Old City

Petra: Happiness in a 2300 Year Old City Petra is a brilliant display of man’s artistry in turning barren rock into a majestic wonder. ~ Edward Dawson In the Jordan Desert, there is a 2300 year old city that westerns … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Happiness: Acceptance is the Way

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Acceptance is the Way My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations ~ Michael J Fox Tonight an excerpt from my  book, Appalachian Trail Happiness. When you set out … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail (AT) Happiness: Looking Like a Greenhorn

Appalachian Trail (AT) Happiness: Looking Like a Greenhorn There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Happiness: My Best & Reader’s Favorite Posts

Appalachian Trail Happiness: My Best & Reader’s Favorite Posts First you examine the environment, then you examine your gear, finally you examine yourself ~ Colin Fletcher Today, a collection of some of my favorite and reader’s favorite posts about the … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Happiness: A Walk in the Woods

Appalachian Trail Happiness: A Walk in the Woods The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest ~ John Muir The Book So I, like many Appalachian Hikers, are not the biggest fans of Bill Bryson’s book, A Walk … Continue reading

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On Hiking Alone

On Hiking Alone I really like this quote, thanks to my sister for sharing it with me. There has been a lot of talk in comment sections, in the NY Times and on Social Media about the woman who died … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Happiness: Fantastic Fungi

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Fantastic Fungi One of the more surprising and amazing things that I’ve encountered on the Appalachian Trail have been the mushrooms and lichens.  Tonight a little tour of some of these amazing organisms. First a couple that … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail (AT) Happiness: Learning Acceptance

Appalachian Trail (AT) Happiness: Learning Acceptance The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.      ~ Nathaniel Branden When you set out to do a long-distance thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail you know a few things in … Continue reading

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