Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Update from WOW

It has been a little over a month since I came off the trail. I was pretty beat up both physically and mentally and I've taken the last month off to heal. I'm feeling much better now and ready to redirect my energies.

I am working on finding new outlets to help those veterans who continue to struggle with PTSD. I have some ideas percolating. I will keep you posted.

Meanwhile, my family and I are going to take some of my mother-in-law's cremains and summit Springer Mountain, Georgia. This was part of the original plan. Thanks for your continued support.

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!



Friday, June 17, 2016

Love from Base Camp 2

From our porch to yours.
After all,
"We are all just walking each other home."
- Rumi

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Off Trail - Still On Mission - posted by WOW

Friends

I have decided to take myself off the Appalachian Trail and not continue my hike. If you have been following my journey you know that I injured my hip early in the hike and sought medical advice. Eventually my doctor told me that it would be all right to continue. I got back on the Trail and the pain returned. I decided to grit my teeth and push on hoping, perhaps irrationally, that the pain would diminish. I did not tell anyone about this pain. Some days were worse than others. Prescription NSAID's (anti-inflammatory medications) became a daily part of my diet. And after almost a month of this I have decided that enough is enough and I don't want to cripple myself for life.

In the time I was out there I covered almost 300 miles through five states. I met some amazing people, saw some amazing scenery and had some amazing adventures. I do not regret having done it; my only regret is that my 69-year-old body would not allow me to continue.

I know I was successful in my mission to increase awareness of veterans struggling with PTSD. I spoke with countless people I met on the Trail including numerous veterans. I passed out cards and in return received e-mails with thanks and blessings for what I was doing as well as donations. I was afforded the opportunity twice to speak to large gatherings about PTSD and the response from these events was truly touching.

One of the biggest gifts from my time on the Trail is an increased awareness of the fact that everything happens for a reason or as a woman I met on the Trail put it “Humans plan and God laughs.” So I am off the Trail but still on the mission. Now I must figure out a new way to continue to spread the word about this terrible disease that afflicts over one million veterans. I have some ideas percolating but I am going to take a little while for my body to heal.

I want to thank you for your support in the past and what I hope will be your continuing support in the future.

God bless our veterans

Sunday, May 29, 2016

I thought we were done with rocks! - posted by WOW Wifey/captions by WOW

WOW is in New York, near Greenwood Lake. He wasn't expecting this (again!) Funny how he said in his whole year of research it was not mentioned anywhere how very rocky the Appalachian Trail is in so many spots.

This is not how I visualized the Trail.
Note the blaze at the bottom!

At least they give you a ladder 
to get over these rocks!

Can you find a foothold here?

That pile of rocks at the top is called a cairn.
Some helpful person put it there so 
you know where the trail goes.

The cairn up close!

Colorful growth on the rocks!

One Foot in Front of the Other Into NY - posted by WOW Wifey/Captions by WOW

WOW made it into the state of New York for Memorial Day!

Somewhere on top of that mountain 
is where I'm headed!

Thank goodness for the shade!
It's 90 degrees outside!

Thought I was through with these rocks

Volunteer trail crew putting in stone steps

Someone's been collecting rocks

This is not hiking - this is rock climbing!

Hiking the Edge Line

Old Glory Flying Proud on the Mountain Top

I am now in New York

Looking East Toward Greenwood Lake

This is ridiculous - straight up and over!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Journal EntryMay 28 - posted by WOW

Saturday 5/28

It was a rough day. I had the steepest longest climb I have had yet on the trail. My pack was as heavy as it has ever been since I had food left over from last resupply and there were more rocks. The trail was so steep that when I stopped to catch my breath I had to face up hill and lean forward or I was afraid my pack would tip me over backwards. Memorial Day weekend brought out lots of day hikers. The trail was clogged. It was hot and humid 90 degrees but fortunately the trees have grown in and they provided some shade on the trail. Lots of Arnicare tonight.

Monday, May 23, 2016

An Imprompto Speech at an Elk's annual Salute to Veterans - posted by WOW Wifey

Things do happen for a reason! WOW went into High Point State park looking for information about getting to a chiropractor in a nearby town. The superintendent of the park told him about this event, introduced him to the guy in charge. He invited Mike to speak! Afterwards, he was interviewed by a reporter from the local paper and there was a story in it about him today! New Jersey Herald article

High Point Monument

Color Guard

Zoom in to see WOW speaking

Trail Angel Rebecca aka State Park Superintendent