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.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Difference Between 2009 and 2013

While I was out today, I got to thinking about how different this year's hike is vis a vis the attempt I made in 2009.

In 2009, I was still living in North Georgia. Casey the Wonder Dog was alive and I had Chloe and Chester Cat. Dad was still alive. And I failed to properly plan for my hike. Oh, I read a lot and I thought I was ready, but I wasn't prepared for contingencies.

This year, I stay with my son and his family. Chester Cat is living with a "cat lady" in North Georgia. Chloe was given to an Animal Rescue in Lower Alabama in 2010 before I had opportunity to say goodbye to her. Casey died of Cancer in 2011. Dad died as a result of a Myocardial Infarction in 2012.

But the major difference, is that I was encouraged by a friend and worked on a hike schedule. I've also read more ... Appalachian Trails by Zach Davis being the best book so far. I've ordered The A.T. Guide and have downloaded it to my iPhone.

And I can actually envision myself completing this long Section Hike. I wasn't sure in 2009. This time, I'm sure.

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