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, August 4, 2013

A lost hiker on the Appalachian Trail in Maine

In my previous posts about the dangers of the Appalachian Trail, I have tried to educate the reader to understand that being informed is healthier than blithely thinking that hiking is just "putting one foot in front of the other."  It is NOT that simplistic.  

From the article: If not for white blazes on granite, a hiker could clamber off the trail on the way up. On the way down, a missed step could mean a snapped ankle or something worse, like a tumble off the narrow trail.

Please read the entire article.  And pray for the SAR teams and the volunteer searchers and the Rangers and all the others --- because finding a dead body is not easy on any of them.  And those who think that "well, she died doing what she loved" need to reconsider that thought --- sincerely reconsider that thought. 

My conjecture is that it was raining, the rocks were slick, Geraldine was slower than she had planned and was hurrying, she did get to the Carrabassett River, it was high, she slipped on the rocks and her body will be found downstream.  I hope and pray that I'm wrong, but after reading the story, from my experience on the AT, even though it was 'only 41.6 miles,' this is the scenario that comes to mind.

"Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony, Please come 'round, there's someone lost who must be found."

1 comment:

  1. The latest article: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2013/08/03/long-searches-strain-resources-financial-physical/1402005

    Quote: The longer a search continues, the more draining it can become for those involved and the more difficult it becomes for officials to muster the human resources they would like to have.

    Quote: The hazards for searchers go beyond the physical dangers of getting hurt in rugged terrain, Palman said. Many involved in searches, especially those in which a victim is found dead as the result of a crime, can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder for months or even years.