Oct. 22, 2022

Updates, Surgery, and Guest Bloggers

Updates, Surgery, and Guest Bloggers

This may not be a podcast episode but I figured I would give you all some updates since last week's podcast. Austin and I recorded last weeks episode almost a month ago and since then we've had our "Woods Hole Weekend" at Woods Hole Hostel in Pearisburg, VA (which was amazing) and I've had my foot surgery.

Before I get into the surgery aspect of things I wanted to thank each and everyone of you that sent me emails, text messages, social media comments, DM's, etc.  Your kind words about the podcast and how much you enjoy the show is renewing my spirit and has my creative juices flowing for future episodes and guests to bring on the podcast after a fall break.  What I have learned from your feedback is invaluable and I appreciate that!  

Now on to the surgery!  I have been dealing with a peroneal brevis tendon issue in my right foot for a few years now and I attempted to get it resolved last fall but that did not prove successful so I had surgery again several days ago for a full brevis tendon repair that included some shaving of my 5th metatarsal bone, major scar tissue removed, and a trapped nerve taken care of.  My new surgeon is happy with the results and is confident my spring and summer 2023 hiking will be much better than it has been over the last couple of years.  My road to recovery is going to be tough but it did take me 12 years to complete the Appalachian Trail as a section hiker so I am committed to my recovery, physical therapy, etc.  

Over these fall months as I heal from surgery, begin physical therapy, go back to work, and create some super exciting media projects with Austin I will send out periodic updates via this blog style format.  It will be fun for me to write more (which I am not the greatest at), and document this journey in a different format.  Sitting around being non-weight bearing on my right foot has forced me to rest and think so I do have the time to write! 

I mentioned on the podcast a few episodes ago that I would like to feature some section hikers that have either written a book, blogged, or journaled about their section hikes.  I would still like to feature some write ups from section hikers on this blog if there are any takers out there.  

Here's all you have to do to be a "guest blogger"

1.  Share with me what you have written to jester@jestersectionhiker.com
2.  Attach one picture
3.  Give a title to what you have written
4.  Try to keep to 500 words or less
5.  Share your social media sites at the end of the write up

If I feature your writings on the blog I will have you on the podcast to chat more about your writings in the future!  I think this could be a fun project that will keep us connected. 

This blog is posted within the Hiking Radio Network Website on the "Jester" Section Hiker page and can be accessed here: Jester's Communique'

This might also be a great time to catch up on any podcast episodes that you may have missed or re-listen to some of your favorites. I have categorized and made playlists of some of the past episodes.  For example, Maria Wishart (Wheezy Pee) and I made a series over a year ago titled, Section Hiking Prep Series.  That series continues to do well and is the most Educational Hiking Prep and Logistics oriented episodes I have put out there.  You can find those four episodes here: Section Hiking Prep Series

So for now there may not be a weekly audio podcast but I will be sure to keep the lines of communication open via this blog and keep you all posted on what's happening with my surgery recovery, creative media that Austin and I are working on, share some writings from our fellow section hikers, and you'll be the first to know when the podcast will resume!   

Happy Section Hiking!



P.S. - If you haven't seen the film series that Austin and I put together about the Mountains to Sea Trail titled, I Am The MST you can watch that here: I AM THE MST

P.S.S - As you see in today’s blog pic its always good to sport a new pair of trail runners while recovering from foot surgery.  They give me hope and purpose as I dream about getting back out to the trail! 😁