There has been a lot going on, and I can’t even begin to get into all of it. But, what I can tell you, my amazingly supportive readers (whose comments I look forward to) is about one moment in the trail today. This moment made me feel like I am a part of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking along side a mountain in North Carolina, the sun has been beating down all day, basking me in this beautiful glow. I’ve been watching my feet and the immediate path beneath, so as not to make a misstep. All of a sudden, this shadow passes overhead…the birds wingspan nearly covers me and I look to my left, and there is the most amazing bird flying away. It had to be as big as I am tall and the seconds it took to pass on out of sight felt like an eternity. This is what the trail is all about. This is why I fight the pain. This is why I am here.