Author Archives: Mel

A LongTime Ago, in a State Not Too Far Away…

…I was about to embark on the last 5.2 miles of a very long walk in the woods. Together through good times and bad, through rain and through heat, (not to mention some wind, snow, tornadoes, hurricanes and bear encounters), … Continue reading

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18 score and seven days ago…

It’s been one year and two days since my first blog post here on Mel and Mike Hike. A whole year since my very first practice hike for that mystical path called the Appalachian Trail. I was contemplative, I was … Continue reading

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Know when to fold ’em…

Sometimes, when a song pops into your head, you should listen to it. Sometimes, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Like today. I had to fold, I had to bail on the trail. “What, so soon?” … Continue reading

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Winter backpacking? What am I, crazy?!

The sky is blue, the air crisp, the leaves that remain on the trees are awash with shades of yellow ochre, brilliant orange and deep burgundy…by all appearances, a most beautiful day for hiking. But what grabs my attention most … Continue reading

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5.2 to go

Hello to all our favorite friends, family, and AT supporters! The time has come to finish this hike. Hard to believe it, but in just a few hours this adventure will come to an end. Crazy! Here are some things … Continue reading

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Hurricanes & Hiking

Just a quick note to say that we know about the hurricane and are prepared. We’ve got extra food and are ready to bunker down if need be. So far there’s not a cloud in the sky. Please to all … Continue reading

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It’s the Final Countdown!!

A mere 187.9 miles to go until we summit Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park and come to the end of our 2181 mile Appalachian hiking adventure. And though we’ve been out here for five months and one week, and … Continue reading

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New pics from Click (7/27/11 on the gallery page)

Hello to all! I just got kicked out of the public library in Hanover, NH while trying my best to upload a boatload of photos. Guess that’ll happen when you spend most of your town time enjoying all that a … Continue reading

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It Must Be the Beginning of the Opposite Sketches!

Over the last week or so I’ve been seeing an increasing number of hikers going the opposite direction than me. And by the looks of things they’re not weekenders or sectioners – their gear is way too expensive. And they … Continue reading

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New Gallery

Hey all! I finally got a new gallery up, “07/12/11” under the Click’s Gallery page. Check it out. Time for me to get back to the trail. Enjoy!

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