Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's been a long time

To date I've used this blog exclusively for trip reports. But it's been almost five years since I last posted one. There are several reasons for this, but the main one is I'm old enough now (53) that what I accomplish in the outdoors is no longer newsworthy. No FKTs, no high placings, no races at all lately. I've been recovering from an ankle sprain that I refused to acknowledge until it got much worse than it ever should have. It had been so long since I got injured, I thought it would never happen to me. Live and learn.

I've also known for many years that I write best during or after solo hiking or running. I've never been more prolific than during my Calendar Triple Crown. On that trip my journal was my substitute companion. When I came back a minor celebrity, I had more human contact than I could handle and the writing suffered. I tried to write a book about my big trip, but I just didn't have the time or desire to write it. On the other hand I came back so much more confident and happy that my life quickly changed for the better. I started a second career as an adventurer. I got married, something I had all but given up on after turning 40. I helped raise an amazing step son who is now in college. The marriage didn't work out, but Sophia and I are still great friends, so there was a minimum of grief involved. Neither of us wanted any of our friends to have to choose between us, so we kept the separation quiet. When people found out, it was old news and we could prove to people there was no drama. Some people understood; some didn't.

But now I hike and run alone again much of the time, and I find stories bubbling up from my subconscious. So I've started writing again. About anything. It doesn't matter. Like running, writing well takes lots of practice. So I hope you enjoy reading my blog. But it's going to be different this time.

5 comments:

Иван Хр. Илиев said...

How nice it is to have your blog reactivated, Brian. May God help you find and get into more events you would later share in writing with your followers, friends, relatives and readers. Greetings to you from Bulgaria.

Andrew Skurka said...

Very glad to read this.

Leilani and Dave Randall said...

Keep writing. You are inspirational. Thankfully I never missed the blog, because I've had you in person all these years. But I encourage you to blog. Just hiked the HST with my scout troop, and there are people out there who don't know you whom you've inspired.

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Alan Dixon said...

Welcome back Brian. Looking forward to reading more. Still remember those great run/talks with you and Ashely in Damascus VA those many years ago.