Hike It Forward has been very silent for several months. The reasons for the lack of postings are three-fold. First, I wanted the climax of the hike in Maine and the glorious homecoming I experienced in Ohio to be the focal point of the blog site for several months. Second, I have focused my attention on transcribing my journal into a readable electronic document infused with the full use of spell-checker. The experience of reliving my hike through this transcription was very therapeutic in the transition back to the city. The sights, sounds, and emotions of the trail filled my thoughts as I attempted to decipher my hand scrawled notes on pages smudged with AT dirt and Snickers bars.
The third reason for silence was the formation of a desire to write a book about my life-changing, five-month journey. Out of the journal reconstruction came the idea for the book. I did not want to compose just a travel-log approach to the hike, but rather a humorous look at some of the lessons learned, a focus on the faithfulness of God in the midst of adversity, a snapshot of the people that brought friendships to my steps, a reflection on the memorable experiences associated with living along the AT, and the blessings of the wildlife, the food, the forest, and the towns – of just walking in the incredible environment of the trail.
The journal has been transcribed as a priceless personal treasure. I know I will spend time often in its pages reflecting on those challenging days of excitement, discouragement, relationships, and growth. The book manuscript has suffered through four or five revisions and is currently off to a publisher for consideration. I am prepared for rejection but I am also filled with anticipation. In the coming months, I hope to refocus my love for writing into this blog – I hope you will continue to check it out as I strive to Hike It Forward.