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Kate Spade and Pure Grit

When I opened the trunk today to organize the contents of my life in a Chevy Aveo, I saw a perfect vision of paradox. The items in my vehicle were selected carefully and with great consideration; having no known place to live when they were packed I chose the things I knew I’d use, the things that would make me feel the most comfortable anywhere I ended up, and the tools/gear I’d need to do what makes me me. Continue reading Kate Spade and Pure Grit

Love the Appalachian Mountains? Love the Earth? Get Involved!

*Press Release from Richmond People’s Climate March – Please share on social media!*

Hello friends and earth activists,

Please save the date of February 23, 2015 for the Richmond People’s Climate March!  As the Virginia General Assembly begins to wind down, we want to meet our legislators bright and early to “Sound the Alarm” on climate change in the Commonwealth! We want them to know that we are awake and watching their responses to climate change!

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At a time when the world’s leading scientists have repeatedly stated that we must phase out fossil fuels within the next 15 years in order to mitigate rising sea levels and other effects of climate change, Virginia is doing less than the bare minimum to move us toward a sustainable future. With Dominion’s political influence at an all-time high, Virginia communities from the coasts to the mountain valleys are taking the brunt of Dominion’s greed and inaction.  The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will tear through generations of family homes and history, will increase the likelihood of soil and water contamination, gas explosions, and will accelerate greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, our coastal communities in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and the Eastern Shore are second only to Louisiana in vulnerability to sea level rise, and now may face the additional threat of offshore oil and gas drilling.

In the spirit of love, justice, and stewardship of our Earth, Richmond People’s Climate March is calling for leaders of our local faith communities to join us on Monday February 23 at 7am at the Virginia Capitol to sound the alarm on climate change and pray for the wisdom of our elected officials as they finalize legislation during the 2015 General Assembly session. In response to the growing global movement for climate and environmental justice, we must empower each other to create the changes we need. We are the joyous resistance!

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At 7 a.m. we will gather at the Capitol Bell Tower and then hold a multi-cultural, inter-faith prayer circle, inviting Virginia State legislators to attend as they arrive for work. We will then sound the alarm on climate change with the help of  indigenous drum circle, War Paint of Lumberton, NC as well as other cultural performances. Directly following the climate alarm, we will unveil to our governor and legislators,  “The People’s Preferred Energy Plan” calling for utility-scale renewable infrastructure, phasing out of dirty coal, and opposing fracked gas and oil drilling in our future.  We will then take a short march in the vicinity of the capitol to spread the message of climate awareness to the city.

2015 is poised to be the year that we collectively change the conversation on climate chaos. Last September, 400,000 people marched in New York City, carrying with them a wave of momentum that continues to this day. This is the momentum necessary to turn the tide, in Virginia and across the South. Please join us!

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Please forward to your network of activists and supporters. If you have any questions feel free to email me. Since its so early we are offering places to stay for out of town folks. Let me know if you need accommodations.  Hope to see ya there!

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In solidarity,

Richmond People’s Climate March

Deodorant & Stinky Hiker Syndrome

Somewhere north of but with a view of Mt. Shasta – en Route to Sacramento – Ridesharing with Manny and Julia

Everything about a long distance hiker and cross country traveler includes/involves/incurs a certain aroma that seems to resist soap, scrubbing, and laundry detergent. I’ve been called…ripe..on several occasions by people who love me and understand what I’m up to. They accept the beyond BO fragrance I carry around even though I know it kinda grosses most people out. To be honest, I’ve refused commercial deodorants and antiperspirants for so long that all the folks in my life have just sort of known me to be smelly (for some reason my body emits a natural scent likened only to the heavy musk of marijuana – even if I haven’t used any for years).  I choose to go au natural, or annoint myself with pure essential oils, for several reasons.  And I know it would be an odoriferous transition but I have a dream that some day everyone will ditch the deodorant! Continue reading Deodorant & Stinky Hiker Syndrome

Post Hike Reintegration

As I write this, I’m on a plane Portland bound, and listening to Fleetwood Mac. It’s been my plan all along to go West for a month after  my hike, but I didn’t expect it to be so hard to leave.  I feel like a bag of trail mix.  Salty sweet crunchy soft.  I’ve got a thousand feelings but I’m just observing them and paying attention to where they come from and what they have to teach me, rather than getting hooked into any one of them and spiraling out – which is kinda what happened yesterday. Continue reading Post Hike Reintegration

Day 36: Sarver Hollow Shelter

Raindrops on the Rainfly

Ahhh…Today is so cold and rainy. We’ve decided to have our last zero day cacooning in our sleeping bags, reading about American Ginseng, mayoral politics in small towns, and book reviews in The Atlantic.  Other hikers are showing up at the shelter as the day goes on, and Lone Stride (stayed last night) also hasn’t left.  We’re all trying to avoid the misery of packing wet gear, along with the all too common hiker issue of hypothermia.  We shared coffee with Puddin’ a SOBO thru hiker who made it in this morning.  I can’t believe she hiked the scary rim rock we scaled yesterday, but she did it in the rain!
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Day 3?: Hiker Party @ Four Pines Hostel

I don’t know what day it is.  We’ve made our way to the Four Pines hostel in Catawba, and I have to say it’s pretty EPIC (not a word I use often…take it seriously!).  I think there are 12 of us here, all varieties of hikers – SOBOs, NOBOs, thru-hikers, and LASHers (I’m the latter, stands for Long Ass Section Hiker). We all crowded together in the Dragon Wagon, a van hikers are allowed to drive around town so long as the driver has a license, and went to a family style all-you-can-eat restaurant called the Homeplace.  If you’ve never seen long distance hikers eat, find one and take them to a buffet. It’s a site to behold!  Our table without shame or hesitation devoured several rounds of super delish southern country food, complete with coffee and cobbler for desert. So. Much. Yum! Continue reading Day 3?: Hiker Party @ Four Pines Hostel