So really, I was on vacation (the photo is from the Virginia Living Museum, who knew Velociraptors were indigenous to Virginia). So far I haven't been able to do much of anything that has any thing to do with hiking or backpacking. There was a scout camping trip to Luray Caverns, but that's as close as I've come in some time. Between weekend trips to the beach, scouting events, work and stresses of life, I haven't had time for much of anything, including working on that ghost book. There was a weekend trip to REI in the works, but that had to be canceled because of a funeral. I know I should get out there and start hiking and go be in nature where the stress is usually a little less, but the stress is so great it's actually keeping me from being able to motivate myself to get out there. I'm going on my first backpacking trip in a little over 2 months and so far I have a pack, a pair of boots I'm still not 100% convinced fit me right, hiking poles, a map, a data book and a headband. Oh, and a pocket knife. I'm not in shape and not very confident that my back will be strong enough for 30 pounds and my biggest worry: I'm not confident that I'm going to manage to make it 40 miles on a bum butt.
So, I guess it's time for some stress management, time management and preparation. I'm a procrastinator and I seem to do my best work under pressure. Here's hoping that applies to the AT.