As other bloggers know, and likely those that aren’t bloggers, is that most blog hosted sites offer a dashboard of sorts. (Of course though, it is in the background where only the author of the blog can access it.) The dashboard is basically a page that offers numerous stats about the given site, which are broken down into numerous little categories. Anyway, one of those categories is “referrers,” which as one may guess, is simply a list of other sites that directed folks to the site. Yesterday, while looking through that list, I came across a site I had not seen before, Hiking Forward.
So, as I usually do with unfamiliar sites, I clicked the link, which brought me to another interesting backpacking blog (Hiking Forward), ran by a guy named Scott. The specific page on his site that was sending the hits to my site was titled “The Liebster Award.” When reading through this post, I found some interesting facts about the author of the site, and then noticed that he had awarded me The Liebster Award!
Honestly, I had never heard about the award, so I did some “Googling” and found that it is essentially an award that “was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere.” This is accomplished by tagging/linking other blogs in the post (which could shed light on sites others may not know about yet), as well as through answering, and then asking, a series of questions. Then to finish things up, another group of blogs are tagged, and a new set of questions are made up, and so on…
So, let me begin by saying thanks to Scott for bestowing upon me this award. And now to answer his questions:
1. What do you consider your first outdoor experience?
I remember a few camping trips with my parents when I was a kid, but that wasn’t too often. My first real backpacking trip though was in September of 2009 when my wife and I did our first hike. It was right at 40 miles, starting at Amicalola Falls Visitor Center, and finishing at Neels Gap. Our packs were massive, but we had a great time… this is when I realized that backpacking was going to be a big part of my life… and that I needed to lighten up a bit…
2. When out on a multi-day excursion, what is the one thing your dream about doing or having when returning home?
Hugging my wife and kids… Unfortunately, I get home sick pretty easily, and being away from my family is super hard for me to overcome when I am hiking… despite the beauty, and how much I enjoy being out there…
3. What long trail do you want to complete or complete again and why?
I have a dream to complete all 3 long trails…but between work, and Q#2, this will be quite a task for me to complete. I have a connection to the AT as it is my first love, however, as I have grown as a backpacker, I feel like I would like to begin with the PCT first. All new terrain and a super beautiful landscape… I dream about it…
4. Trailname? and how did you get it? Or what would you want your trail name to be if you don’t have one and why?
My “trail name” is “Stick,” however, this was a self-appointed name. Earlier on, I actually used the name “Stick” on some other non-backpacking sites. Then, when I started researching backpacking, I joined a few internet forums. When I signed up, I felt like the name “Stick” kind of fit the boot, so I went with it. Then, when I created my blog, I went with the generic name, “Stick’s Blog.” Even before the blog though, folks recognized me on the trail… In fact, on me and my wife’s very first hike, 2 other hikers approached me at Justus Creek on the AT, and asked me if I was “Stick?” And so I was…
5. What do you want to do when you retiree?
Live a long, happy, life, with my wife. Move out west. Enjoy some hiking that is unimpeded by work and being on call every other week. (And hopefully my kids will also move out west too, or at least come to see us often!)
6. Last outing, where, when… etc.
Mid April. I spent 3 days with some good friends exploring Savage Gulf. (A first time for me.)
7. Favorite backpacking meal.
I don’t know about “favorite.” Food tastes different to me when on the trail, and I am happy just to be able to eat it without having to force myself to eat it. Although, I did once enjoy an Oreo in a very remote area in the Olympic’s…
8. Favorite memory on trail or camping.
That’s hard to decide… I have had so many great times on the trail. Honestly, anytime I get to get out on the trail is a favorite time for me. Bonus though if my wife or kids are with me!
9. Goal for the year.
Simply to hike as much as I can!
10. Have you ever been tweeted to or RT’ed by a celebrity? Who.
Honestly, I am not sure… I do have a Twitter account, but I don’t get on it much. As may be evidenced by my blog, 140 characters just doesn’t cut it for me… 🙂
11. Favorite National Park? and Why?
I have only been to a couple, but so far, the Smokies really make me excited. Then again, it is the closest to me… The Olympics were a blast, and I would love to get back out there, and of course there are so many other awesome NP’s… I want to see them all if I can…
So, now I get to tag 11 other bloggers, and make up 11 new questions for them… so here goes:
- Barefoot Jake
- Brian’s Backpacking Blog
- Cesar and the Woods (and I know, I am behind on a tag from him…)
- Gear Toons
- Helen’s Wondering Wanderings
- Hiking in Finland
- Keith Foskett
- Light & Ultralight Backpacking
- Thunder In The Night
- Ultralight Backpacking or Bust!
(I know… that’s 12… sorry… but it is my post!)
And now, for the questions:
- What made you get into backpacking?
- What other outdoor activities do you participate in?
- What is the longest distance you have backpacked?
- What is the longest amount of time you have spent outdoors?
- What is the most interesting backpacking trip you have been on?
- Where was your last backpacking trip?
- How much was your pack weight on that trip?
- What is your favorite (alcoholic) beverage on the trail?
- What is your favorite meal/snack on the trail?
- What is one piece of gear that you never leave without?
- What was the worst piece of gear that you have ever used?
So, I think that is it… Thanks again to Scott for giving me this award, I now have another site to keep up with! And thanks in advance to the other bloggers that I have tagged for all the work that they do! Many on the list have been long time inspirations for me, in respect to both blogging, and bettering myself as a backpacker, whereas others are newer blogs that I have simply happened upon. As well, a few of the authors I have had the pleasure of either hiking with them, or meeting them, and they have each been an honor to get to know!
And to all of my readers, thanks for stopping by and reading my post’s! I appreciate everyone’s support, and comments! 🙂
For more explanation on the “Liebster Award,” check out this site (which is also quoted from, above).
UPDATE: Read the participants responses by clicking the links below: