By Kirk Sinclair
Everyone wishes for those golden years when we can gain the independence to pursue our dreams. For my wife Cindy and me, we wished for a return to the long distance backpacking we did when we were young. After a dubious career move on my part to become a (struggling) writer and musician we began to wonder if those wishes would ever come true. Adding to our struggles were the health issues from stress affecting Cindy’s career as a nurse.
We decided to follow the advice that you need to tap into your passion in the pursuit of anything worthwhile. Now in our fifties, we rebooted our lives by hiking 5,000 miles across the country along the American Discovery Trail, taking exactly one year to do so.
The American Discovery Trail (ADT) sets out, as advertised, to lead the traveler to discover America. The ADT hiker witnesses the natural wonders of our country’s canyons, mountains and prairies. We walked in the historic tracks of the Pony Express and Santa Fe Trails. We observed Native American cultures and the Amish. We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Read the rest of this entry »