Happy New Year, everyone! My #1 resolution for the New Year is to journal more and that includes trying to write at least one new blog post on The Man in My Shoes each month. I usually feel like I don’t have enough interesting things going on to write about, but that’s probably not true. 2014 was a great year with a great trek with Cathy on The Camino de Santiago, a fun hike in Vermont with Whiskers and his students, many days spent in the mountains near my home in southwest Virginia, and great times spent with my family, especially my two grandsons Jackson and Liam.
J&L are with us today and we’re going to do our first hike of 2015 close to home, on either the Chessie Trail or the Woods Creek Trail. They are full of energy and love to be outside so we’ll have some fun today.
Jackson and I went fishing a couple of days ago and didn’t catch anything but had fun exploring along the edge of the pond in our neighborhood. In previous posts I’ve mentioned my interest in getting kids outside to play and enjoy the outdoors and I’ve been doing that a lot with J&L for the past couple of years. As they get older it gets even easier!
In 2015 I want to add more paddling and fishing to my outdoor activities since we have such great waterways here in Virginia and in Florida where J&L live. Cathy and I have planned an extended visit to Florida this year and I look forward to exploring the creeks, rivers and sounds around Amelia Island as well as the nature trails in the area. I may even try fly fishing which is something I’ve been interested in for many years but only tried once – that’s a funny story for another blog post.
Here’s a photo of Jackson climbing a big boulder after our recent fishing expedition.
One final thought…the New Year is a good time to remember old friends and acquaintances and just this morning I found this article about Inchworm, the AT thru-hiker who I met in 2013, shortly before she disappeared while hiking in Maine. It’s the most detailed article I’ve read about Inchworm and provides an excellent update on what they’re now calling her ‘cold case’. It is good to see that the Maine Warden Service has not given up the search and the state search coordinator, Lieutenant Kevin Adam, plans to continue the search in the late spring when the snow melts. How could a woman just vanish?