Archive for February 2012

010 All Who Wander – Trailfest Series: April Fools Trail Days Franklin, NC – Part 2



The 2nd in a new series of shows in which Dana and I follow the migratory herd of 2011 Northbound AT thru-hikers from trail to trail town stopping off at the hiker festivals along the way. In this episode (AWW 010) we visit historic Franklin, NC for “April Fools Trail Days” and Ron Haven’s Hiker Fools Bash. We meet old friends, make new ones and introduce you to some of the characters and legends of the Trail. If you’re anything like me, be prepared to see your wintertime blahs dissipate and Springer Fever awakened  just a little early this year.

Jenna Lindbo:

or look for her on facebook.

2012 April Fool’s Trail Days March 30th and 31st:


Hammock Gear:

Warren Doyle:

Me: or look for me (as well as the All Who Wander fan page) on facebook

“I don’t think I am an explorer. An explorer wanders far and abroad to find some place he has never seen. I ramble off and away to find a road back home.” -Henry “Graybeard” Mitchell.

Henry Mitchell:






Wanderlust indeed.  I’ve wanted for a while to create a blog or series of blogs on the subject of wanderlust especially as it applies to those of us obsessed with that little pathway that travels from Springer to Maine. Today, a friend (Seven Thunders) posted this video on my facebook page.  It was shot by the infamous Andrew Skurka. (A legend interviewing a legend.  Pretty stellar stuff.)  Anyhow, until time allows me to devote a few hours to writing here’s one of the Greats dispensing some wisdom from the trail and waxing poetic about this phenomenon.  Enjoy!

The Mayans Got It Wrong! 2012 Reasons the World Can’t End in 2012.

The Mayans Got It Wrong! 2012 Reasons the World Can’t End in 2012.


Pardon me if wax eschatological but whatever your Long-count Calendar may say, the world cannot end in 2012. I enter into evidence a list of items in no particular order.
The world can’t end because I have yet to do the following:


1. North-bound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail,

2. Create a series of podcasts from the Trail on said thru-hike and see All Who Wander reach a million subscribers.  (Hey…it could happen!)

3. Write a book inspired by said thru-hike.

4. Record a full-length album…well, you get the picture.

5. Thru-hike the John Muir trail and spend some quality time (say a year or two) wandering around Yosemite.

6. Thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail

7. Thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail,

8. Thru-hike the Camino de Santiago,

9. Watch the sunrise from my hammock on Macchu Picchu

10. Spend some quality time wandering around Yellowstone, maybe do a little fly-fishing.

11. Spend a month deep in the wilderness of Newfound Gap doing nothing but
 watch the slow approach of autumn set the mountains aflame.

12. Trans-American bike ride

13. Bike the Blue Ridge Parkway end to end

14. Thru-hike the Mountains to Sea Trail

15. Canoe the Suwannee River from Fargo, Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico

16. See the Northern Lights from somewhere deep in the Boundary Waters Wilderness

17. Take Dana to an all-inclusive resort…finally.

18. Break Jen Davis’ AT speed record…Oh come on!  That was just hilarious!

19. See Josiah’s dreams come true

20. Southbound Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail

I really could come up with 2,012 reasons.  What about you?  What would you add to the list? I can’t wait to read your comments!


Photo gratefully used with the kind permission of Paulino Romero at
Thanks, Paulino!