It’s hard to believe that my AT planning began in ernest about two years ago. It seems like so much longer ago than that in many ways. So much has happened, moving out of my mom’s house and putting all my stuff in storage; hiking and finishing the Trail; meeting Napster; finding a new place to live; and moving to Portland, ME with Napster. Remembering when I was starting to update and collect gear for the Trail, in my mom’s old living room, weighing stuff on the dining room table, feels more like three years ago because so much is different now and because I’ve experienced so much since then. I think over the course of a year on the AT I must have lived two years worth of experiences. Life doesn’t stay the same day to day, but it seems like it sometimes when you’re settled in a home or apartment and are maybe going to the same job. But when you’re traveling, almost everything every day is a new experience. It is pretty amazing to be able to look back on a year of my life and have so many references for where I was and what I was doing on that day of that year. Oct. 10, summiting Mt. Washington; May 1, descending into Erwin; Sept. 22, crossing from Maine into New Hampshire. And the list goes on. The memories place and people names are beginning to fade a bit. Life now does have parts that are more routine, my scenery and surroundings don’t change as often anymore. And there are times when it seems surreal that hiking the AT is something that I did at all. Like because it is not happening now, it is as if it never happened at all. And as far as what I think I’m taking away from the experience so far is to keep doing. Whether it be through hobbies or through work, to keep doing something now. And before you know it, before even realizing you have done anything at all, you will have cooked home made meals for three months, or decluttered your house, or walked across the country. Maybe it is that a sense of accomplishment fades quickly, like the excitement or satisfaction of a purchase has been shown to do, that is the reason why we keep on keeping on even once something apparently big is accomplished. I can see why Napster wants to canoe over 700 miles next year, or why Caveman is kayaking from gulf to gulf, or why I want to learn to skate and play hockey at 37. It’s because something always needs to be next. You’re not done till you’re dead.