Happiness and contentment in life come from the merging of Opportunity and Talent. My Dad had Talent but no Opportunity so could not find a way to learn to play the Violin. I had Opportunity but no Talent -- I lack the physical ability to complete a Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail. I failed to learn this lesson even after numerous section hikes, but in the Spring of 2013, after 41.6 miles hiking in MD and PA, I learned the lesson that Dad had in mind when he told me to "hike the Trail." This Blog is now about the Merging of Opportunity and Talent more than it is about hiking the Appalachian Trail, but I still plan to include snippets of the Trail in the Blog. It's about Chasing the Trail of Life. I hope you enjoy my posts.

COMPUTER TRESPASS---RCW 9A.52.110---Computer trespass in the first degree.

(1) A person is guilty of computer trespass in the first degree if the person, without authorization, intentionally gains access to a computer system or electronic database of another; and (a) The access is made with the intent to commit another crime; or (b) The violation involves a computer or database maintained by a government agency.

(2) Computer trespass in the first degree is a class C felony.

This Blog is Dedicated to my Dad. Although he never accomplished his dream of learning to play the Violin, he did construct and play a Dulcimer at an Elderhostel.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

HTO and EMS but no REI

I got my massage on Saturday and then drove to the Annapolis, MD, Hudson Trail Outfitters before going to Eastern Mountain Sports on the other side of the street [actually the other side of the Interstate but only .6 miles away].  I met two great salespeople at  HTO. I looked at shoes and packs.  I bought two more pair of Injinji, this time the coolmax and some stormproof matches.  I may go back next weekend as they have regular sales and send the sale info via email.  At EMS, I located a 'return' EMS Thunderhead Rain Jacket in black and my size for $15.  One of the salespeople located the reason for the return ... yellowing where pack straps would have caused the original owner to perspire.  For another $2, I bought a bottle of Granger one-step wash and waterproofing.  So for less than $20, I got a $99 rain jacket that weighs 11 oz. 

What I did NOT do was make it to REI.  But that's okay.  I keep waiting for their 20% off coupon to show up online or else with my dividend.  

Today, I pulled a klutzy move and tripped over my feet, falling into a protruding end of a barrel shaped side chair.  I immediately put ice on it, but I am sore internally.  I hit flesh and don't think I broke any bones.  This will take some time to heal and set back my plans to exercise. 

My hiking partner and I have finally come to the conclusion that we will start our hike at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  Date is not yet set in stone.  She will be completing her 2000 mile hike and I will be preparing for next year's hike.  After we hike to Mt. Katahdin, Maine, the plan is to hike from the Smoky Mountains to Springer Mountain in Georgia.

Then next year, I have the option of hiking the part I don't hike this year or, perhaps, Thru Hiking.  The choice will be mine.

Two important things: Getting physically fit and purchasing the rest of my lightweight gear. 

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