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Q & A: Russ Anderson

December 30, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: oysnvzlet.

first_imgRuss Anderson at the southern terminus of the A.T.On his quest to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, Russ Anderson of Linville, N.C., has endured hypothermic conditions, Army rangers with machine guns, and bears that know how to get food bags out of trees. Not bad for a 71-year-old retiree who’d never spent a night on the A.T. before deciding to hike it from end to end.How much of the A.T. have you hiked so far? I’m 178.5 miles in. I started in Springer, made it to the Nantahala Gorge, then skipped the Smokies and hiked into Damascus. This summer, I hope to start in Damascus and head north, then come back to do the Smokies in the winter.Is it as tough as everyone says? It’s like six or seven hours of extreme manual labor. Even if you’re 25 years old, it’s difficult. Those first days in Georgia were tough. Foggy, drizzling rain, cold, hail, sleet, freezing winds. Once I arrived at a shelter, I stripped off my rain gear and got into my sleeping bag. It took two hours to get warm again. But it’s worth it. The trail itself, the people I’ve met…it’s worth it.What does your wife think about you thru-hiking the A.T.? She doesn’t like it. A person my age is supposed to be the leader of a family. I’m not supposed to disappear for six months. In a sense, I feel like I’m cheating the people in my lives. My wife and I are empty nesters, so she’s alone when I’m out there hiking. Even my friends think I’m crazy. They say I’m going to get eaten by a bear or fall off a cliff.What made you decide to undertake this hike? I’m a retired naval officer. My life has been filled with unusual adventure. I just need more of that. Only 11 people over 70 have ever thru-hiked the A.T. And none of them had tried hiking it for the first time over 70. So that got me interested.What’s been your most memorable moment on the trail so far? My second night out, I was sleeping in a shelter with 10 other people. All of a sudden, I hear a big explosion. Then machine gun fire. Then I hear yelling and shouting. None of us knew what was going on. Everybody was wicked scared, thinking the Russians were coming or something. Turns out, we were in the middle of an Army Ranger training exercise. We sat there for two hours while things blew up all around us. 1 2last_img read more

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What If You’re “Ready” … and He’s NOT?.

September 26, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: iuxgjddtb.

first_imgLifestyleRelationships What If You’re “Ready” … and He’s NOT?. by: – July 15, 2011 By GalTimer Michelle StricklandAfter a couple of years of dating, I thought for sure that next Christmas was IT, the day he would propose. We had already moved in together, we even discussed marriage, so what was left? Well, the ring! Christmas came, we had all finished opening up our presents and then he said to me, “Oh wait! There is one more gift hiding”. Could it be? Nope!Don’t get me wrong; it was a beautiful necklace, however, not the piece of jewelry that would bring us to the next level of our relationship. So, I was a bit disappointed, but thought of it as no big deal… we still loved each other and that’s all that mattered. Right? Or am I just settling?What was so special about him that I felt that getting a ring was really no big deal? (no big deal….to him or to me?) Every girl dreams about their wedding day, so why can’t I have it? No, I really do love him. He is worth the wait….I think.So, a few years later, I received an unexpected surprise. Nope, STILL not a ring. A positive pregnancy test. I told my husband (boyfriend at the time) that I didn’t want to get married just because I was pregnant. Plus, I didn’t want to have a basketball belly walking down the aisle. So, we continued the dating life. A little over a year later, he did it….he proposed! He involved our son and everything. It was really cute. It felt like forever for our wedding day to come (6 1/2yrs!). I’ll admit that, at times throughout the years, I felt like maybe it was not going to go anywhere so I should just move on and find somebody who was ‘ready’ like me. But that only seemed unfair to him. Maybe he would want to get married at some point but just wasn’t ready. Was that a reason to bail just because I had a timeline?Now on the other hand, my sister has been dating her boyfriend actually even LONGER than my husband and I did (almost 7 years). I can tell she is getting impatient and disappointed every year when a special occasion arrives or she has a “feeling” only to be let down. I feel for her because she is at the point where she pretty much has her whole wedding planned out; she just needs her groom!I think she is in the same position as I was… she DOES love him but feels she is more ready than he is. He is not showing much interest or any signs of an upcoming engagement, unless he has something up his sleeve and is doing a good job throwing her off track. She doesn’t know what to do.She does admit sometimes she would be scared to go back into the dating world. Is that a way for her to admit she is settling? I’m sure they will end up married and happy sooner or later, I just hope for her sake it’s not later.Is getting married really overrated? Is it all that everybody makes it out to be? So far, in my experience, yes. I am happy where I am today and definitely glad we finally took the “plunge”.  Is marriage for everyone? How long is too long to be in a relationship without a sign of a proposal? When is the time to say enough is enough and kick ’em to the curb? Tweet Share 26 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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