Monday, June 3rd – Monday, September 2nd, 2019
I was sad to say goodbye to Middle Brother, Wok, Honey and their family. It was so nice to see their faces again, but it was time to return to Maryland. Frisbee’s cousin Nina picked us up, and after grubbing at Waffle House, we hit the road. We were super grateful that Nina took us up on the offer to drive us back home in exchange for gas money. Besides, it is always awesome hanging out with her.
While going through my mail, I received my belt buckle from thru hiking the Arizona Trail (AZT). Sadly, I don’t have a belt to put it on. A former AZT thru hiker also reached out to me to offer a free tank top for completing my hike! It’s a little big on me, but regardless, I wear it with pride!
I returned to the cafe I worked at before. I’m lucky to have a boss that is willing to put up with my meandering. It was also cool to learn a new job skill. I’m a slinger of bagels in the baking department now! Although I’m not a morning person (I’m usually scheduled to be at work at 4 am), I truly enjoy baking.
I also finally got the ball rolling on a life goal that could land me in Japan for a year or more. I’ve been working on getting my TEFL Certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) so I can teach English abroad. I don’t plan on heading over there just yet. I have a few more hikes to tackle first. But I can teach online in the meantime, and that’s something I can do just about anywhere, so long as I have a quiet place with good WiFi, of course.
Unfortunately, between work and school I’ve barely had any time to myself. Most days my schedule has been: wake, bake, study, eat, sleep, repeat. I haven’t had much time to go running, and so I’ve been pretty inactive. Not the best thing when you have the strenuous Long Trail in your near future.
Frisbee has had the opposite experience since returning home. He’s been bored. I wish I had time to be bored. I’ve barely had any time to blog, hence the huge delay and absence of my posts lately.
However, I did manage to squeeze in one day of nature therapy. We hiked a short section of the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail for an overnight. I needed that!
As time chips away, we’re getting closer and closer to take off. Soon we’ll be treading some dirt again, and I’ll get to test out that new gear I’ve been accumulating since returning home.
To Be Continued…