“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
About 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