I'm glad you stopped by. With the millions of websites that exist, many about those who hike
and those who write, and some about those of us who think about
we hike, I sure appreciate your interest in mine.
So, what's the
of this site, you ask? Well ... to tell you about my
novel, for one. (Figured I'd come right out with it.) After all, there are more works of fiction than there are websites,
so those of us who aren't household names, who want to share what we conjure up from the murky
depths and far reaches of our creative minds, have to do a little something to spread the word. So if you're a reader of literary fiction or would like to be,
then check out my first published novel,
I. Joseph Kellerman, and, hey, maybe buy a
copy! (How was that for a blatant plug?)
The other reason I'm spending money on web space rather than sushi, is because I enjoy sharing my backpacking
adventures with those who like to read off-the-cuff journal
entries, even if they don't personally enjoy shlepping thirty to forty-some-odd
pounds up and down mountains in rain, sleet and sticky heat, slogging
through mud, slapping themselves upside the head and other exposed
body parts in an effort to kill voracious mosquitoes, doctoring blisters
and sometimes oddly-colored toenails, going slip-and-splat because somebody
stuck a root or loose rock right in the middle of the trail, or smelling like a rotting peach for days on end. But I love it!
Don't be fooled, though, I'm not as cool as you might have thought when you saw that neat photo at the top of this page. My friend from the Appalachian Trail, Gaited Mule (otherwise known as Frank), took that picture of me on an overlook near the end of my thru-hike. (That's 2,167.1 miles, by the way. *Arrogant
sniff*) But, believe me, I'm not all that sure-footed. As I wrote in my
August 31st entry, Mule said I'm "slower than a three-legged turtle walkin'
backwards on some o' them downhills." He ain't kiddin' neither. And I have plenty of fears. Let's see now, I'm
afraid of thunderstorms, rattlesnakes, furry spiders, the dark, the huge
creatures with fangs that creep around in the dark, falling from high places,
falling from not-so-high places. I even have this hang-up about lighting
camp stoves. Go figure.
Still, the trails of the world keep calling me back. The fresh air. The
sheer physical exertion. The camaraderie with others who walk with packs
on their backs. Not to mention all that guilt-free eating! But, for me,
one of the best things about hiking is the creative freedom. Sometimes it
takes a while to hike off whatever might have been irking me lately, or to
stop mulling over global issues or how many times I
can afford to go out for sushi during the next month, but,
once I do, my thoughts move on to wonderful, weird and sometimes pretty
wild places. And that's where my novels come from.
Well, I could ramble on, but I'll save it for my journals. Feel
free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments you might have about
writing, hiking, sushi or whatever else is on your mind. As long as I'm
not on a backpacking trip or typing the novel I came up with
I was on
that trip, I'll respond shortly.
Happy trails to you!
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