What's the Point?

So, what's the point? What's the point of what? Hiking the Appalachian Trail? Quitting my job? Leaving normal society and living in the mountains for 5 months? Taking risks? Adventure? Hell, LIFE itself?

Let's not get so abstract on my first blog post ever. There will be plenty of time ahead to go a little outside the box. For now, let's keep it simple. What's the point of this blog?

There are a few reasons I want to keep a blog during this adventure, some selfish and some for the greater good. First, I want to have a record. I want a place to keep my thoughts and pictures, to be able to recall the joy and pain, so when I'm old and my memory is worse than it already is, I can pull out my iPhone 34 with the hologram display and look back at pictures and journal entries and keep those memories forever. Second I want to keep in touch with the people who care about me and share the experience with them. I know a simple phone call once a week that begins with, "Hi, I'm still alive." would suffice, but I want them to be able to see the trail through my eyes and my thoughts, whether good or bad. It's a tall order, but I'm going to do my best. Third, I would like to get in touch with other potential thru hikers and share ideas, stories, tips, or concerns. There are several websites out there where this is happening, and I know that the good people in those communities have helped me out tremendously in my thru hike preparation, but what's the harm in one more?

Please feel free to comment or email, literally about anything. You can find the email on the home page. I'll try to respond as much as I can, but I will be living in the woods beginning in April, so there's that.

One blog post done, forever many to go.