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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Nov 26, 2020

We have a story today of a young man who walked away from a life of extreme poverty to find himself (literally) on the Appalachian Trail. Matthew Emerson's story is now a book, and his visceral experiences set the scene for his journey and a new life at the end.

Matthew's insights gleaned from his hike resonated with me, and we share a frank discussion for this Thanksgiving Day.

You can find Matthew's book on Amazon. Click the picture of the cover and you'll be taken there.

Another hiker-turned-author, Ben Crawford, shares why, despite exposing his family to YouTube scrutiny, there is more to tell. Like Matthew's book, you can find Ben's on Amazon by clicking on the book cover.

Remember, you can get your own signed copy of Ben's book by answering the question I asked in the podcast. Send your answer to

I also mention the magnificent, personalized map of my 2019 hike. You can see my video below and more of Larry Knight's work at

Finally, continuing both the book and map theme, Larry Luxenburg's Walking the Appalachian Trail talks of another giant map. Once again, find Larry's book at Amazon. (Sorry about the small pic!!)

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