We’ve had some good news lately! My husband found out that he’s been picked up for the training slot he wanted, which means he’ll be sticking around for a while. That’s always good!
The semi-bad news is that he starts training just as the weather gets good for camping down here, and he may not be out of training until the hot weather comes again next year. We might get away with a weekend trip here and there, but he’s looking to come out on top in his training, and he like to study hard on the weekends too. I can’t fault him for that!
However, my soul is craving an extended outdoor adventure. Summer in Florida makes me feel cooped up, as it’s really too hot to go camping or hiking for any extended period of time. So, I checked in with the husband and have decided that if I can come up with a solid plan, I’ll be completing my first long distance hike starting in January.
January seems to be the perfect starting time for a Southern hike. Because I’ll be done with my graduate school applications by then, I’ll hopefully leave at the beginning of January to hike the Pinhoti trail. I still have a lot of research to do, and I’m nervous about doing this on my own, but I also know that if I want to hike the AT or the PCT someday, it would be good to know if I’m capable of going the distance.
The Pinhoti National Recreation Trail is 335 miles long and crosses parts of Alabama and Georgia. Pinhoti is derived from the Creek Indian word for “turkey trail,” and it seems that some of the blazes are turkey tracks. I think that’s kind of cool 🙂 There’s not a lot of information about thru-hiking in this area, but I’m finding what I can. I also like reading blogs of other women who have completed solo thru or section hikes in this area. The whole trail seems pretty remote with not too much traffic, but it’s also close enough to different towns that I’d be able to resupply or hitch a ride to a cheap motel if I need to.
BUT! I first have to focus on the present time. I’m a few weeks away from finishing up my grad course on Gender, Race, and Crime from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. It’s been a great course so far, and I’m one large paper on the impact of the intersectionality of gender, race, and class on domestic violence away from finishing the course. I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve read two great texts and one amazing autobiography during the class. If anyone gets the chance to read All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, I’d highly recommend it.
I’m also almost finished with the chevron blanket I’m knitting for my brother and soon to be sister in law. I think I’ll finish tomorrow, which is perfect because their wedding is coming up soon, and I’d like to have it shipped out before we leave for Washington! I’d hate to have to bring it with me on the plane. Though now that I think about it, I’d almost prefer that so it doesn’t get lost. I’ve never actually had anything lost through the postal system though. But man, I’ve spent so much time on this freaking blanket. I’m still more worried about it bleeding in the wash. I can just imagine the navy blue chevron bleeding all over the white chevron…ugh. Nope, just don’t think about it. Everything will be fine. Everything is awesome.