Published Mar 6, 2013
Today is Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
For most of us, it's another day of longing for Daylight Saving Time and spring.
For travelers, it's another winter day of flight delays at O'Hare, JFK and even Reagan, in D.C.
Driving along the East Coast is hazardous, due to what is being termed "wallpaper paste" snow. The kind that gives old guys heart attacks and screws up the backs of eager young bucks.
Winter is taking another whack at America.
Early birds on the Appalachian Trail (AT) are being pummeled by high winds, rain and deep snow.
Ron Brown -- whose Facebook page is one of my favorites -- runs "Ron's Appalachian Trail Shuttle" to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus to the AT.
As of last night, Ron has counted almost 200 hikers headed north to Mount Katahdin. I wonder if a few stragglers hit the trail in addition to his score of 195, but that's close enough.
But you and I know why they're there. They're fulfilling our dreams of hiking the Appalachian Trail.
You and I don't know their "real" names or what their Trail Names will be. We only want them to plod on and not give up.
They've made it farther than we have -- me, at least.
So we watch the forecasts.
We offer up a sympathetic, vicarious shiver for the heroes on the AT.
We pour another cup of hot coffee and we snuggle with our honeys. All warm and dry.
Wishing we were out there in the cold.
Freezing, perhaps. But on the march to glory atop Mount Katahdin.
Hoping that we don't give up.
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The best review of Cheryl Strayed's book, Wild, was written by Patches, a lady who solo-hikes long distances, including the entire Appalachian Trail.