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Lesson 1417 – Lions and Tigers and Bells, Oh My


In the words of my kids, I really need to take a “chill pill.”* So what’s got me so worked up?

The first two days of our Border to Border New Hampshire walk.

Although it’s likely that we’ll be dropping some weight along the way, we’ll be starting at our heaviest on the days when we’ll be walking the most.

22 miles for the first day, 26 for the second.

Not only that but we’ll be using packs that are at their heaviest (supplies will be fresh, unnecessary items won’t have been dropped yet.)

What we’re talking about is a lot of weight on feet and joints that are um, problematic to begin with. And we’re asking our bodies to carry this extra weight for a long distance.

Yup, I’m worried. I’m making list after list of what to bring and then crossing off what we *may* not need. A lot of what I’m packing is “just in case” stuff, because that’s what moms genetically do. We pack extra pairs of clothing in case someone spills something. We pack extra diapers for babies in case there’s a blow-out. We *always* pack more snacks than could ever be eaten because, well you know, a hungry child, even a potentially hungry child is just not a pretty sight.

And how can I survive 14 days without books and fun things? Granted I don’t need to carry 5 books but what if I finish one before I can pick up another? I mean, it could happen, right? Continue reading


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Lesson 1415 – Tips for taking care of your feet while on a looooong walk


Because like a Boy Scout, I want to always be prepared – I’ve been doing a bit of research on foot care when on a looooong walk. Here’s what I’ve come up with.



Tips for taking of your feet while on a looooong walk

Let’s face it your feet are going to be very important when you decide to go on a multi-day loooong walk. If your feet hurt or get injured best case is that you will have a horribly painful time and worst case, of course is that you’ll have to stop. Preparation on your feet should start weeks before your actual walk. Continue reading

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Lesson 1413 – Necessary packing list for a long walk


A few days ago, I posted a list of Unnecessary (but necessary to me) items that I will be bringing on my Border-to-border New Hampshire walk.

It’s going to be a little tricky because for the most part (until we reach lower southern New Hampshire anyway) we are going to have to carry everything we need on our backs. If you’ve ever seen any hiking movie (Wild, A Walk in the Woods) you know that people (I) tend to over pack. I’ve always been the “well. we might need this” kind of person (if you doubt me check out the piles of Stuff in our house.)

Here’s one of my big concerns. Our longest days will be on the first two days (22 miles and 26 miles respectively.) We’re not going to have much leg or back muscle yet. We’re going to be carrying packs and walking a fair distance (after those two days, our longest day will be a breezy 16 miles.) Because of our joints we are going to have to be very, very careful. We can’t blow out our tires on the first few days.

The list of what we need to bring seems to get modified on a daily basis. Is that the lightest shirt we can bring? Do I really need to bring a full bottle of lotion? (I’m still struggling with this one but I’m thinking no.) Continue reading


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Lesson 1410 – Relax, Pokémon Go is only the best chance we have for world peace


Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about a new online game called Pokémon Go. It’s a game, played on your phone where you hunt for pokémon that are hiding all over the place (we have one that appears to be living in our house.)  If you’re on the younger side (or have kids who have dragged you along) you know that Pokémon Go is an inventive (genius) use of technology.  It’s fun and it reminds kids of one of their favorite games (and TV shows) when growing up. (It would be like someone creating a video game about trolls for me.)

But if you’re on the older side, you’ve probably heard about how bad this game is – that thugs are “luring” people with pokémon and then robbing them. You’ve probably read an article or two about how players are being hit by cars and (seriously) walking into lakes because they are not paying attention. (Admittedly, you have to use old fashioned common sense when playing this game.)

You’re probably raising your fist and yelling from your front porch – “Those damn kids with their video games, why don’t they get off their phones and join real life?”

Well I’m here to tell you that this game is probably the best thing to happen to our youth (society) in a long time. Every evening after the kids in our family are done with work, a subset and I go out in search of pokémon.  When you hunt for pokémon you do a lot of walking, but you know what? It’s so much fun that you don’t mind. By the end of the evening my fitbit registers well over my daily goal of 10,000 steps. This game has my kids complaining about having SORE LEGS FROM WALKING. (These are the same kids I’ve nagged to get up from in front of their computer screen in order to please get some exercise.)

There is an option in the app to get and incubate eggs. To hatch those eggs, (which give you surprise pokémon) ) you have to walk, sometimes more than 6 miles (heck I’ll walk if it means I might get a rare one.) Last night at 9:30 I saw tons of people out on the streets happily walking around so that they could hatch eggs and find pokémon.

While we search for pokémon, my kids and I talk about our days. We talk about politics and what news stories we’ve read. We talk.

While we’re getting exercise.

And we’re having fun.

To me that’s a win-win-win situation to me.

But wait there’s more. It’s very easy to identify another person who is playing. They will be holding their phone in front of them squealing something like “OMG, there’s a Squirtle straight ahead.” My kids and I go out of our way to talk to these players, why not? We’re all in this together.

“What level are you?” “Anything rare around here?”

Not only is this game getting people outside and exercising, but it’s also giving all players a common language. Strangers are actually talking to each other in a friendly way. It took little animal cartoons for us to finally do this.

I spoke with a young girl last night who had dyed pink hair, multiple face piercings, and who was wearing black Gothic clothing. She’s a level 17 (I was dutifully impressed – I’m holding at level 15) and you know what else? She’s a pretty nice person. Not sure I would have ever known that if we didn’t have something in common to talk about.

So for all of you who think that this game means that end times are around the corner, relax. It’s a fun, interactive game that is getting people outside, meeting, and interacting with others.

In fact, at the rate this game is going, I think that Pokémon Goo might just be our best bet for solving world peace.


So I asked my son to pick me up a mouse for my computer *sigh*


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Lesson 1409 – Powerful messages in Portsmouth, NH

Yesterday Marc and I spent the afternoon in Portsmouth, NH. The weather was perfect for strolling around catching craft brews and Pokemon whenever we found them.

Portsmouth is a great, artsy town and you never know what you’re going to find there. We found this flyer:


From which I took this to carry with me on our Border to Border New Hampshire walk. (it goes on the unnecessary but necessary list.) It will ride right next to my St. Christopher medal.



It looks like a lot of other people also took what they needed. Such A powerful idea.

We also came across a tree from which hung many hearts. Continue reading

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Lesson 1408 – Unnecessary but “necessary” packing list for a long walk

When you plan on walking 200 miles with only what you have on your back, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for extras. I have been talking to advanced hikers who give me information like “rip a book in half and swap when you’ve finished your half” – um, sacrilege and not going to happen on this trip I’ve been warned and warned not to carry absolutely *anything* that is not necessary.

But that’s not really the way I work. Here is my list so far of unnecessary but “necessary to me” things I’m taking with me on my Border to Border New Hampshire Walk: Continue reading


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