[at-l] Countdown to Section Hike Summer 2011

Ofahoma ofahoma at aol.com
Tue May 31 20:46:19 CDT 2011

Hi Yall.....

No, this isn't Paula Dean...... This is your favorite section hiker Fat 
Man Walking here.....

Just thought that I would give the gather assemblage an update on the 
progress that I am making to getting back on the trail where sanity 
reigns supreme.

On the housing front, closing on sale of our house tomorrow. Thanks be 
to God!! Will stay here renting from new owners until June 11th. Then, 
to an apartment while we build a new house. First one of those for 
Girly Girl. So, that is fairly well put to bed. GG did tell me that she 
was sorry that all of this packing up the BIG tent had messed up 
packing the little tent. But, it is what it is, right? But, that is all 
done but the roaring.

Then, there was that matter about Girly Girl's left shoulder and 
getting rid of those pesky bone spurs. That has been done and she is 
getting her game back. But, she would tell you that this has been more 
difficult than she thought it was going to be. But, I have to give her 
props. That woman can do more heavy liftin with a bum shoulder than 
most of the men I know. So, YOU GO GIRL!!!

And, lastly there is that matter of getting the stuff off the dining 
room table and into a box to ship to DWG, my starting point this year. 
Also, there was that little thing of making reservations and travel 
arrangements, etc.  That is all pretty much done and it is just a 
matter of tying up loose ends.

I mean, can yall tell I am excited here? But, it has been an 
interesting process. There was a point in time where I thought that 
between selling the house, moving, looking for a place to live both 
temporarily and permanently, working my job, and dealing with another 
family related matter that I thought that there was no way that I would 
have been able to get all this done. But, that is exactly what has 
transpired. I have managed to be multi-focused and get things done that 
any one of which would have overwhelmed me in another life. I truly now 
understand what it means to have the strength provided ONLY by a power 
greater than myself. This is one of the reasons I am looking  so 
forward to my time on the trail. To totally immerse myself in the 
presence of that power with nothing else to distract me from my time 
with Him.

Anyway, I am inside of 30 days now and the clock is ticking. I have 
been so distracted by other things that I really haven't thought about 
it much. Not sure that is a good or bad thing. But, one thing I am sure 
of is that I will enjoy every minute of it from the dragging myself up 
and down mountains to waking at the break of day to the song of birds 
in the woods and the cool of the morning air. I get chills just 
thinking about it.

All is well.......


Da Fat Man....

-----Original Message-----
From: Ofahoma <ofahoma at aol.com>
To: at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 9:29 pm
Subject: [at-l] Countdown to Section Hike Summer 2011

Things to do list to make my 12th annual section hike of the AT
starting at the Delaware Water Gap going to Great Barrington, MA
starting on 6/22

1) Make Airline reservations for 6/22 - Check
2) Sell House - Check
3) Pass House Inspection on sold house - Check
4) Get Girly Girl's shoulder surgery behind us - Check
5) Find new place to live - Check
6)Take over dining room (much to Girly Girl's chagrin) and dump all my
hiking S_it on dining room table. - Check
7) Reorganize hiking s_it 83 times - In process
8) Organize and re-package food - Almost check. Still have one more
mail drop to go.
9 Make hotel reservation for DWG for 6/22 - to do.
10) Pack and ship hiking s_it to DWG so I don't have to lug it through
the airports. - to do
11) Put maildrops in the mail to Fort Montgomery NY and Kent Ct - To do
12) Close on sold house and new house we will be buying on June 17th. -
To do
13) Move on 6/18-20
14) Go to Airport to get to Trail on 6/22......

Did I leave anything out? Nothing like having your priorities in order

"There's a Fat Man in the bath tub with the blues"

Fat Man Walking

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