• Book,  Hiking,  Story

    Kein Witz Auf Mich

    (No Joke On Me) “Burrrp!”  “You know, we don’t do that where I’m from,” says Halfway, with a fixed expression.  Although there are four other hikers at the shelter picnic table, she addresses her statement to me. “Oh, okay, but that wasn’t me,” I say slightly defensive. “But, why? Everyone burps,” I add. “We don’t do that. It’s not right, it’s rude,” she says. I can tell that the belch has wound her up fairly tight. Still, since she’s rarely in such a mood, I find it quite amusing. So, of course I prod on. Some may say that I’m aggravating the situation, but I prefer to think of it…

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    The Moving Village

    “Derick, did you get a trail name?” asks Soho as she breaks down her tent.  A meeting of the minds was held yesterday evening and a few trail names were assigned. Nora is now Doc, her brother is Three Week, Kevin is still Kevin and I’m… “Well, Mr Fabulous is what Overdrive came up with. It sounds fitting, no?” I jest, deciding that if I’m going to stick with such a name, I should have fun with it.  In response, Soho gives a cute giggle and then says, “I like it.”  Well, if a pretty German girl likes my new hiker handle, then you’re darn tootin I’m keeping it.  I…