Before we even start planning for the hike, there are some things I need to take care of:
* Good husband points – I’m going to be leaving Momma home with two wild and wooly boys while I do this hike. Both boys will be a little upset with me since I very rarely go out into the wild without them. I have to be extra-best husband/dad between now and March to accumulate enough good husband/happy wife points that she’ll still be smiling (and married to me) when I come off the trail. I think I’m going to set it up so she can visit family (including grandparents and lots of kid-cousins that will keep my boys fully occupied while she rests out her vacation as much as possible.)
* Renewed workout – Being stuck inside hasn’t been good for my waistline. I could stand to drop 10 lbs between now and March. I have my annual checkup coming around in a few weeks and I’m going to get a referral to an orthopedic doc to look over my knees. I hurt one pretty badly as a teenager, and I have about a 30-mile limit before one of them starts seriously slowing me down. I actually enjoy working out, especially when I have a goal like the OHT ahead of me. I’m hoping that the doc can suggest anything from stretches to specific PT that will help my knees.
* Good daddy points – If you read more than two posts on here, you’ll know I love hiking with my boy. He isn’t going to take it very well if I leave him behind. Telling him that he isn’t big enough for such a long hike won’t go over well at all. I owe him an extra week of time, so I need to make sure I take care of that between now and March.
* Revise some Christmas Lists! – I want a couple of new toys for this hike. I’ve never used a GPS, but I want something that will let my family follow my hike. My gear is pretty good, so I won’t need to replace any of it. Might be able to get a few new gizmos from Santa Claus this year. Hmmm….