There's a LOT going on these days! I've been busier (and happier!) than I have been for about as long as I can remember. If we hadn't already made arrangements to visit our friend in Florida this weekend, I would have spent every waking moment planning and getting ready for this thing I'm doing. Here are some updates:
The hike will be a Flip Flop, which means I'll do the whole thing in a single season, just not in a straight line. Because of the time of year, leaving from GA and hiking straight through to Maine isn't a good option - they start shutting down Baxter State Park (the northern end) due to snow as early as September. If I ran, I might just make it.
There are several variations on the flip flop, and my current favorite has me leaving GA and heading north pretty soon. I'll go as far as I can until the middle of August, at which point, I'll catch a ride up to Maine and head back south until I get to whatever my farthest northbound point was. In addition to following decent weather the whole way, I also have the rare luxury of being able to pick well in advance the exact date that I'll climb Katahdin. This is important because there are a lot of people who have already said that they'd like to join me for that. Sweet!
For the book part of this project, I'm doing my very first ever kickstarter! I'm almost ready to launch this thing and I'd like a little feedback before I do it. Here's the preview link:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... n=dfb5f97a
And here are my questions:
1. The title - I "almost" like it. "A Different Approach to the AT"... this is NOT the title of the book, and it's NOT the title of the trail journal I'll update during the hike. It's the kickstarter title. It's okay, and it's also not super important, but if you can think of something better, I'll hear it!
2. Rewards and Donation levels - what they're looking for here is something like "$5 or more and you get mentioned in the acknowledgements... $10 or more and you get a copy of the book... $100 or more and I'll send you four signed copies and name a character after your cat..." that kind of thing. Any ideas? I have some, but I'd like to hear yours.
3. Watch the video. What do you think?
BONUS: I texted a few of you today asking for names for a website. This will be the journal I update from the trail. My current top choice is "GoGoGary.com". It's also NOT the book title, and needs to be an available .com name. Taking suggestions on that one too.
That's all for now! Bye!
My pants don't smell like sunshine anymore.