Merry Christmas! I hope you have all been blessed with family and friends this holiday season.
Although I didn't spend Christmas with Hillbilly Bart, he sent me a surprise in the mail: a new mascot!
A lot of long-distance hikers hike with a mascot. Before I left on my first really long hike (the Appalachian Trail), my coworker Dennis made me a pomegranate monster, who I creatively named "Pomegranate Monster." He even hiked the southern half twice!
When I went to finish the Long Trail, my friend Gabe took me to the northern terminus to begin my hike, but not before we found a LEGO guy on the ground in Burlington. I carried LokiTron the LEGO guy throughout the Long Trail.
Last month on the Benton MacKaye Trail, I carried my nephew Ben's Flat Stanley "Flatsta." I learned that one round of lamination is not enough for a paper dude.
And now, I introduce . . . KATNISS EVERDEEN. She will be making at least part of the journey with us. Someone threw bread at her.