I’ve still got plenty of entries to post from the past 6 weeks. Lots of pictures to upload and share. Stories to regale you (and myself) with about my adventures. But I haven’t done it. For the past 3 weeks I haven’t done much of anything. When I left Northern California for the city, I came down hard with a lung affliction and a wretched cough only suppressed by my friend Jack Daniels, who in turn suppressed my immune system further. That illness combined with the stresses of being in a city, many pounds of emotional grief over the loss of the most important relationship in my life, a deep need for wilderness going unsatisfied, the exhaustion of travel (despite my love for it), and getting stuck in a financial rut – all led to a flare up of Epstein Barr Virus that has literally knocked me on my ass. All the exuberance of the trail and the endless energy have left me and for the time being, I am forced to slow down and get better. I am in my hometown and have no energy to see my family or friends or even call them, and my days are spent sleeping, eating soup, watching reruns of 90210 or whatever is on the Science channel, and crying. This is the first creative thing I have attempted and am slightly embarrassed to be putting it out there. Continue reading Dealing with the Post-Adventure Blues
Several weeks ago I gave an interview for the Real Herbalism Radio Project, talking about myself as an herbalist and my experiences on the Appalachian Trail. Here is part 1, and I’ll post part 2 as soon as it’s published.
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