Friday, September 30, 2016

Updates on the Homefront

Updates on my minimalist lifestyle are shown in the video below. I made this film for YouTube and decided to embed it here for your convienence.

As I count the bulbs I'd like to replace to bring my power needs down to solar panel levels, I realize we're talking fifteen bulbs. If anyone knows of a better deal than Walmarts 2/14.99, please let me know. Hope your fall is going great.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Inspiration Now for the Long Haul

Henry David Thoreau is one of my favorite authors. His books seem a little dry at times, the prose a tiny bit over done, but if you get into his frame of mind, and realize what a pioneer he was in his day, all that takes a back seat.

I read Maine Woods while I was a ridge runner two years ago. Living in a tent right in Henry's stomping grounds, I could just picture his party portaging up the river and bushwhacking their way to the mighty mountain they called, and we call, Katahdin.

August 3, I completed my second thru hike. Katahdin hadn't changed, but I had.

And so, I googled quotes by Henry David Thoreau and came up with this site :
You can plug other names into its search engine, also.
And Volia!
In an instant, you'll have more inspiration than any one can deal with for a day. I had to pull myself away to continue working on my notes.

Then, I thought, why not share this with you?

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Henry David Thoreau 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book Reviews Requested

Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Hard to sit down and read, or write for that matter, when the colors are changing so dramatically.

If you did read my new book, Living the Dream-everything I know about seasonal work I learned the hard way, which was promoted three weeks ago via free download, and would take a moment to write a review at, I would appreciate it.

On the product page, which you can find in the last blog post- just click on the link to give your opinion.

Coming soon, I'll share videos of my RV as I prepare to boondock down in Arizona this winter. Seems like it will be the perfect place to work on a new book I'm calling, True Cost.  As the title suggests, this new tome will be a very candid look at my second thru hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Thanks for your patience with me as a writer.

Happy Trails,

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Free Down Load-Living the Dream

In celebration of Labor Day, my new book Living the Dream will be available for a free download. Both Monday and Tuesday, the 5th and 6th of September, you'll be able to click on the link and enjoy your free copy.

this short book contains quizzes and tips, along with true stories and lists to help anyone who wants to live the seasonal lifestyle, work in great places and meet new people.

If you read this book, please write a review for me at It can be a single word. It helps other folks know if the book was useful. It also helps me as an author to receive feedback. Thank you.

And now, having successfully completed my second thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, I feel strong and ready to share the adventure with you by way of another book. The anticipated publishing date is not until 2017, but it should be my best work ever, and include directions on how to make some of my favorite gear, plus resupply points, the cost and changes I've witnessed along the way. My first thru hike was fourteen years ago.

My tent is worn and much loved. I'll be remaking it. As a prototype, I found it just a little short when I placed my pack inside during rainy nights. But I love it so much, with six extra inches in length, it will be perfect. My hiking poles provide the support. It weighs just 22 ounces.
And as always, thanks for all your comments and support. Happy trails.