Benjamin Freeman's "Living Proof" Trail Journal

2018

January 1st
Just ran some errands today and filled my food bag back up.  Made my last home cooked meal for some time.  I must say my disdain for trail food is real!  I don’t carry a stove in warm weather, so having any appetizing options in your …
January 1st
Getting antsy, most thru hikers will suggest you don’t take more than 2-3 days off trail.  Your body only needs a day, two at most for general rest.  Longer breaks lead one to mentally fall out of a long hike mindset.   Living Pr
January 1st
Today I washed all my hiking clothes and all the other dirty laundry in the house.  This accounted for about 7 loads of laundry!!  Yes, I’d rather have been hiking! Living Proof 
January 1st
After spending some time finishing party cleanup, my wife and I headed over to the Farmington river to enjoy the great weather, unfortunately her favorite rock was occupied.  We found another, but it was a a little tight.  I think I’m more…
January 1st
Today we celebrated my son’s upcoming high school graduation with family and friends.  Perfect weather, pizza truck, huge inflatable water slide and plenty of cornhole!!  Good time was had by all. Living Proof 

2016

January 1st
  Up at 5:30 to assist the caretaker with coffee and pancake prep.  Had 4 pancakes and couple mags of coffee.  Neat place, I'd suggest stopping early in the day and enjoy it. Was on the trail by 7:15 and passed over I-90(mass pike). &nb…
January 1st
    Day started with a 1.5 mile walk to the trail where I was welcomed by a mile of thick mosquitoes that just devoured my lower legs!  Thankfully the humidity from the past two days was gone, so hiking was much more pleasant.  It w
January 1st
   I woke at 4:15am to the flash of lightning and claps of thunder.  Luckily, it passed to the north with only light rain where I was.  With severe weather predicted for the afternoon,I was on the trail by 5:10am.  It was fairl
January 1st
 I was up at 4:30 am this morning with pre hike jitters.  My dad picked me up at 8:30, little breakfast in Winsted and on the trail by 11 am.  Did 45 minutes with my dad, which was slow, but it was fun listening to h
January 1st
  Wow! Trail journals site is totally revamped!  I'm resuming my journal and my hike on the AT tomorrow after ending last year's hike in Salisbury Ct.  I have roughly 689 miles to Katadin, not looking forward to getting my "trail legs"

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