This short story was published in the Austin Community College literary journal, The Rio Review, April 30th 2015.    Caged             Her eyes are so empty. I can’t even tell if she is sad, bored, or lonely. They are just empty dark holes as though her spirit left her long […]

A Few Lessons from Walking

This essay was originally written April 30th, 2014 and selected for presentation in the Austin School Conference panel on Happiness. Timber’s Presentation Video   In 2013, my wife and I walked from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine.  Walking is not exactly the best word to describe what we were […]


Q:  How much did your trip cost? **Keep in mind, these are all just ballpark figures. Gear: $2,000 ($1,000/person) While on trail: $12,000 ($6,000/person) Plane tickets to TX from GA and then from ME to TX: $1,100 ($550/person)   Q:  How heavy were your packs? Little Engine: My pack, in […]

Contact Lenses On the Trail

For all the folks out there with non-perfect vision and not enough money or care to go and get lasik or other various forms of vision correction surgery (and all of you that really don’t like wearing glasses)…  There’s hope to see the trail clearly without dealing with contact hassle. […]

Holy Crap

It’s getting real.  We have less than a month left before we are walking away from Springer Mountain heading the 2,185.9 miles to Katahdin.  What?!We decided to do this three years ago.  It’s been 3 years.  It was hard to believe that this time would ever come, and I must […]

Jacki: T-40 Days

I’ve never written a blog post before but I decided it was time since we are starting our great adventure in only 40 days! That and my hubby asked me to, so I thought I’d oblige. I guess I just want to say how I’m feeling and that is excited […]

Lyle: An Introduction

Dearest human beings, First, let me say how excited I am to be a part of the Hitched Hike experience. The decision to hike the Appalachian Trail was a long, slow one for me. When Jeremy and Jacki shared their plan to do a thru-hike, my response was “that sounds […]

The Coming Months

   The days are drawing nearer.  I will be getting out of the Air Force within a couple months, Jacki and I will be moving back to Texas after six years, and Lyle is waiting impatiently for our arrival. Jacki has put in her end of work notice and is […]