Well not much to report continued progress of not drinking soda, eating smaller portions, and eating healthier. Packing is my main focus as I have to get stuff packed and moved to the new house pretty much 2 -3 times or more this upcoming next week. I plan on more packing this weekend surprise.
If you are planning on going on adventures over the next few months id recommend watching
Into the Wild
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
So today’s update really does not pertain to hiking but it does fit it. A couple of weekends ago I attended a Eagle Scout award ceremony. During the ceremony there were talking about the total number of scouts that start the program and the number that had actually attained the rank of Eagle. The total number of Boy Scouts since the Boy Scouts of America’s inception in 1910 is 114,304,329. The total of those scouts that earned the rank of Eagle is 2,043,375. That is 1 in 20 scouts who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Not only is it an honor to have earned the rank of Eagle Scout but to consider myself to be on a list with many of this nations greatest leaders, pioneers, thinkers, and doers. Some on that list include Mike Rowe, Steven Spielberg, Neil Armstrong, and Sam Walton. A full list of the historic scouts can be viewed here.
Not only can I claim to be one of the 2 million Eagle Scouts I can also claim to be one of the 908,047 scouts who have backpacked Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Each treck lasts 12 days and covers anywhere from 50 to 103 miles. Not to toot my own horn but I have actually attended Philmont twice during my scouting career.
So how is that relevant to hiking the Appalachian Trail? My love of the outdoors and hiking has never gone away. The time to do it has. Its hard to take the time for yourself and just go hiking. Hiking the AT will change all of that. The training and knowledge I have from Scouting and my two trips to Philmont have created a very strong foundation that will help me complete my task of hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Do I think I can hike the Appalachian Trail? Heck Yes. I’ve already done something that’s 500% times harder.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a huge undertaking and like the trail to Eagle is a hard treck. It requires dedication hard work and determination. There are many who have tried to complete a ” thru-hike” but not many complete it. According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy “Each year, thousands of hikers attempt a thru-hike; only about one in four make it all the way.” Since the 1930′s there have only been 11,823 recorded or known completed thru-hikes. All it takes is one step to start the journey but it takes thousands to find out what you learned during the adventure.
Got up and this morning hung out with J’s family washed the dogs cause they were pretty nasty then headed back to the apartment. Since then I have managed to watch or well listen to Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13 while packing up the kitchen. Still working on that have quite a bit packed but needles to say its been quite the workout.
With the weather being so hot a muggy 97 here in Kansas today its very important to remember that no matter if you are hiking, biking, or even packing up boxes to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of clear liquids is a must. No dark soda or booze does not count. Water or some type of electrolyte enhanced drink mix works the best. When in doubt drink more.
Spent the day up at J ( the girlfriends ) parents farm nothing really to talk a about but need to keep the daily blogging going. Spent most of the day wandering around the farm playing with the dogs.
One of the neat things that we did was attend a Eagle Scout ceremony. It was great to see all of the tradition and fellow eagles that were in attendance. The ceremony brought back lots of memories from my ceremony back in 1999.
Along with starting to prep for this adventure I am also packing up everything in my apartment to move into a house with my girlfriend. So that is quite a bit of change going on. The change is welcome but does bring quite of bit of excitement and anxiety to the mix. Having a nice kitchen is a big plus as well as a back yard to be able to grill. Down side comes lawn mowing and other house upkeep. I honestly like the law mowing and yard work. In general being outside just makes me happy. Totally opposite from my day job.
One of the things I have noticed about moving is how much junk you can collect living in the same place for a year or even two. Needless to say many trash bags of junk have been tossed out and many boxes have been packed up. I have till the end of this month (June) to get it all packed up and moved out. The renovations on the house most likely will not be done by the time I have to move out so ill have to camp out on at a friends for a few days or weeks until it is done.
Doing very well not drinking soda of any kind. I am also limiting my portions of food at each meal to help cut back on the number of calories per meal. I have also been starting to choose healthier items on the menus. Due to the move I have been packing up all of my kitchen items so the adventure into healthy cooking will have to wait a little bit.
Last night I was unable to get any walking in due to a nice spring thunderstorm. Sadly though the storm did not get rid of the humidity. I did however move boxes around the apartment and was quite active packing things up for the move at the end of the month.
Knowing that I would still need caffeine I have switched from soda to Tea. I really enjoy tea and I am going to start trying more and more types and styles. A good friend of mine over at BlogWellDone is doing a segment each Tuesday where he tries a new tea. I think that every time I try a new one I will post it here. A nice healthier solution to soda or coffee but I still get my caffeine. Last nights tea was Lipton Cold Brew. Nothing fancy but I consider it to be my safety blanket of teas always there and always supportive of my caffeine addiction. Along with the switch I am also going to try to cut back the amount of caffeine I have in my diet as well. Wish me luck.