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July 15th Snapping awake, I sat up and nearly smacked my head on the low ceiling above the bed. My mouth was drier than a Gobi sand dune which could only mean one thing…I had a great time last night but was in for a world of pain today. Memories of yesterday’s events slowly flowed into my mind.

Since Earl Shaffer first hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 1948, the number of people who attempt to follow in his footsteps has grown greatly every year. As the numbers have increased, thru-hiking the AT has developed its own subculture as well as certain traditions, both common and controversial. Of the latter, there is the practice of “mooning the cog” in which hikers bare their butt cheeks to the Cog Railway train… Read More

My friend, Kevin O’ Shea, has been producing a podcast, Just Japan, for about a year now and he’s built up quite a following. Kevin and I met about ten years while teaching English in Goyang, a small city in the shadows of the DMZ in the Republic of Korea. Eventually, Kevin moved to the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, the city of Busan, where he met a Japanese woman and… Read More