About Me

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain” – Tom Hiddleston

micatsilerbaldAbout me? What do you want to know?

Here’s the short version. My name is Michael. I’m a devoted husband, fun father of four fabulous offspring, avid hiker, yoga teacher, excellent cook – if I do say so myself – and amateur photographer.

Oh! And somewhere in all this I find time to write for this blog, write for a living and write for pleasure. I do love my life!

Here are some more slightly interesting, but completely unimportant things about me…

My trail name is Taste Like Chicken, but I write it as one word, like this; Tastelikchickn. Occasionally it’s shortened to TLC. And, yes, before you ask, there’s a story behind it, but I can only tell the story around a campfire.

My first hike was in John Bryan State Park (OH) when I was 7 years old.

My first overnight camping trip was in the Smoky Mountains that same year.

My first backpacking trip was in Glacier National Park when I was 8 years old.

I live in the mountains of western North Carolina which is the intersection of 4 major hiking trails – the Appalachian Trail, the Bartram Trail, The Benton MacKay Trail and the Mountain-to-Sea Trail.

I love music! If it strikes a chord in me, I’ll listen. My tastes are eclectic.

I’m a big movie buff! I prefer independent and international films, especially British and Irish movies (and TV), over American films. If someone wrote a script about my life, I’d like it to resemble an Irish comedy.

I’m a happy person and consciously work at staying happy.

I make friends easily.

I enjoy being alone, but I choose to be around others.

I have no time for complainers. Do something about it or shut up!

I enjoy being healthy and staying fit.

I love good food.

I do yoga because it challenges me to breathe and let go – and it keeps me injury free when I hike.

My favorite yoga pose is bound side angle pose (Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana).

My favorite drink is water – straight up, no ice.

For me, a bad day on the trail is better than a good day in the office.

I’m a virtuoso on the Humanatone.

I’d rather camp in the woods than stay in a hotel.

I’d rather do yoga outside – along the trail – than in a studio.

I’d rather cook a meal for friends than go out to a restaurant.

I’d rather talk in person than talk on the phone.

I’d rather read a book than watch TV.

And I don’t answer questions until they’re asked. It’s just one of my things.

My basic trail philosophy? HYOH – Hike Your Own Hike. There’s no right or wrong way to hiking and backpacking. I’ll be the first to tell you that my way isn’t the right way. It’s just my way.

So, as long as you’re not violating the “Leave No Trace” principles, then you’re doing it right as far as I’m concerned. The point is, have fun and enjoy yourself.

My hope is to inspire more people to get up, go hiking, do yoga outside, and enjoy our natural spaces. It’s good for your soul!

Anyway, that’s me – well, most of me at least. I’m certain there’s more – if I were to think about it. Thinking. Thinking. Thinking. Naw! Nothing’s coming.

So, who are you? Take a minute to introduce yourself. I’d love to know something interesting, but not important about you.

Oh! I almost forgot. If you’re an avid hiker or backpacker too, then come on over and join our Google+ Thru-Hiking Community. We’d love to have you!

One final thought. All the pics and posts on my blog are mine. Yup! I took ‘em and wrote ‘em myself (unless otherwise stated). Please be courteous. If you like a pic or post and want to use it, just ask. They are copyrighted and protected by law. I know most of you wouldn’t do something so heinous as stealing pics and posts, so this is just for the 2% out there that spoils it for the rest of us.

See ya’ on the trail,

“You who are born of the hills
Hill-bred, lover of hills
Though the world may not you aright
Though your soul be aweary with ill
This will you know above other men
In the hills you will find your peace again.”

– Maxwell Struthers Burt

11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Excellent rainbow pic. Those cabins /shelters on the trail are a cool idea. Puts my wasp radar on hi alert, tho. I’d have to do a quick sweep upon entry. Wasps and me are like Fonzie and liver.

    • It’s all part of the trail experience, my friend. But, yeah, you do have to keep an eye out for wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. Most of the time, there’s enough traffic at these shelters that the wasps seldom get a foot hold. Oh, and “Fonzie and liver.” You’re too funny!

    • Hi back to you, Di! I figure you can never meet too many outdoor people. Thanks for dropping by and saying hello. And, yes, I am a member of NHC (that’s the Nantahala Hiking Club for those who don’t know). Maybe we’ll bump into each other on a hike someday.

  2. Awesome website. Love your passion. I have a question please. We are camping at Standing Indian June 3-5 and are looking for a good loop hike 5-9 mimes long. What would be good? We were there last year but unfortunately got raine out by a very bad storm and never got to hike. Thanks in advance

    • Thanks, Johnnie!! It’s nice to know my passion comes through. And Standing Indian is easy to be passionate about.

      I’m so glad to hear you’ll be camping there this year. June is a nice time at Standing Indian, but don’t be surprised if the nights are still cool. Take some warm clothes!!

      The best hiking loop, in my opinion, from the campground is either the Park Creek/Park Ridge Loop, which is between 5 and 6 miles long (http://atatdusk.com/new-years-day-on-the-park-creek-park-ridge-loop-trail/) or you could try the Kimsey Creek/Park Ridge Loop (sorry! no write up on this one…yet!). Both are easily accessed from the campground and both end up pretty much where they started.

      There are other loop options, some including the AT, but they’re often MUCH longer than 9 miles, involve more difficult terrain, and/or start and end at points which might require transportation to or from the campground.

      Let me know what you end up doing! To be honest, I’m a little jealous. I could spend everyday at Standing Indian and never see the same things twice. Happy trails!!!

  3. Thanks for the info. That first loop sounds like one we started two years ago but got lost. We love that area and are looking forward to camping. Cool nights are great for sitting around a campfire😀

    • You’re welcome!! Hopefully the blog post I linked to before will help you from getting lost. Enjoy!!

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