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Positive Intent

Positive Intent

Dan “I wonder if they like what they do?”  “I’d ask but they probably don’t speak English” “This probably isn’t even a charity, just another scam to try and get money out dumb tourists” This was an overheard...
St James Walkway

St James Walkway

Heather The St James Walkway (SJW) was by far one of the most outstanding tramps we did in New Zealand. It’s 66km in length starting from the Lewis Pass and finishing in Boyle Village, which despite its name is not an actual village. The track goes through bog,...
Sabine-Travers Track

Sabine-Travers Track

Dan The sky darkened and we felt the first drips of rain, Heather expressed her dismay and displeasure at hitchhiking in New Zealand, the prolonged volley of expletives was all done all without the pleasant please “give us a ride smile” leaving her face....
The Pelorus Track

The Pelorus Track

Heather “Ah! I’ve been waiting for you two!” the energetic bus driver exclaimed as we handed over our packs. He showed us the special spot that was reserved for our bags, then told us to hop aboard. This intercity bus was travelling from Picton to...
The Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track

Heather After our failed attempt at North Island hiking we boogied on down to the South Island via a pub crawl in Wellington (NZ makes some excellent craft beers but you will pay dearly for them). The most northern point of the South Island is Ship Cove and is also...
Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men and All That

Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men and All That

Dan (bet you thought I had stopped writing these things) So a week into New Zealand and the weather is a bit shit, fondly remembered towns from our last trip are grim and depressed, then add to the mix a never ending cold I picked up a couple of weeks before departure...
Hiking in Our Own Backyard

Hiking in Our Own Backyard

Heather As mentioned in my last post we had some troubling adjusting to life back in typical society so we decided a backpacking trip was in order.  We decided to visit Killarney Provincial Park in the near North of Ontario (yes Ontario goes so far north we have a...
Finishing the AT and What’s Next

Finishing the AT and What’s Next

Heather We did it!  I can still hardly believe it.  We started on April 6, 2016 and finished September 14, 2016.  We took a total of 18 days off (meaning no hiking at all those days), went through four pairs of shoes each, 3 pairs of trekking poles for Dan, and lost a...
But how did you….?

But how did you….?

Heather Since we finished our Appalachian Trail thru hike, we’ve been catching up with family and friends (and binge watching TV).  We’ve also been fielding all sorts of questions but no matter where the questions begin somehow we always end up back to the...
Sorry…

Sorry…

Hi JFDI readers!  Yesterday we were downloading some new software for our computer and one of the items needed to link to our blog.  We didn’t realise that the program then posted a “test” blog, which if you get automatic emails, you received. So this is...
My A.T. Playlist

My A.T. Playlist

Heather In case you haven’t noticed we suck at blogging from the trail, let’s just say the app sucks and we are tired at night and we are in the wilderness a lot. Plus we truly do the same thing day in and day out, which is walk in the woods. So here are a...
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Heather A right of passage when doing a long hike is receiving a trail name. When we started we watched as people scrambled to name each other, wanting to be ‘christened’ moments after arriving on the trail, we tried to avoid it, but there is no escaping...
Holy Smokies

Holy Smokies

Dan Week three of the trail saw us entering the Smokey Mountain National Park. Laden down with our expensive Fontana Dam resupply our plan was to make it through the park in a single shot rather than get off the trail in Gatlinburg to resupply again. So with heavy...
Stats North Carolina and Tennessee 

Stats North Carolina and Tennessee 

We have combined these two states as the A.T. is also the states borders.  Miles walked: 386.6 (622.2km) Money spent: $3420 ($103.60/day) CAD This amount includes about $500 in gear. We had to replace our shoes on short notice and we splurged on nice pillows, we...
Down But Not Out in Franklin

Down But Not Out in Franklin

Heather So things started off quite well (after the first night on the trail at least) and then took a rather spectacular turn for the worse. It all started with the trail magic at Unicoi Gap. My spidy senses tingled a little after picking up my trekking poles which I...
Stats Georgia

Stats Georgia

Stats Georgia Miles walked: 78.5 (126.3km) Money spent: $589 ($65.44/day) CAD Days in State: 9 Mountains climbed: 18 Trail Magic: 2 Beers Tried: 9       Filed under: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Trails, USA Tagged: Backpacking, budget, hiking, jfdi,...
Week 1 on the Trail

Week 1 on the Trail

Dan The first week(ish) (8 days but only counting it as 7, see next paragraph for explanation) on the trail is under our belts, we have knocked off a modest 69.6 miles and climbed 18 named mountains.  The first day got off to an inauspicious start, after several...
Obligatory Gear Post

Obligatory Gear Post

  So much stuff   Dan Here’s our obligatory pack blog, distribution between the two of us makes the individual pack contents look a bit wonky, I don’t use two sleeping pads and I would really like a sleeping bag. So that disclaimer aside our base...
Trip Stats

Trip Stats

Days on the road: 572 Countries visited: 15 Money spent: $61039.15 (daily average of $106.71) [This is in Canadian which would currently be approximately $10 US or £5] Distance driven: 61274km/38074miles Longest drive: 937km/582miles Average distance per day:...
Making a Cartwheel

Making a Cartwheel

Heather How good of a photographer does one need to be to take a photo of a cartwheeler?  Not very. A few people have asked how we catch the cartwheel shots and it’s really very simple, the high speed function on our point and shoot camera.  This is what a...