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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Oct 20, 2022

Dr Kristi McLeod Fondren joins us today to bring an academic's view on hiking. Kristi hiked the PCT over the last couple of years and has combined that love of the outdoors with her work as a Professor at Marshall University. She has some great insights that she shares with us, as well as her deeply personal story.

You can find out more about Kristi from her two journals from 2021 and 2022. They are at for the 2021 hike and at for the 2022 hike

She also referred to the First Descents Program, which you can learn about at

And the book that she published of her dissertation is at

Also on today was Rebecca James who, along with her son Brad, owns the Burke's Garden Hostel. You can check that out at, though, check out this glorious drone pic of their place. Beautiful.

If you'd like to find out more about "Then The Hail Came," check out George's website at You can also find George's book on Amazon at this link.

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