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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Mar 21, 2024

We have an old friend back on the show today, though it’s the first time I’ve met him! He is George Steffanos, writer of the hugely entertaining blog, now book, Then the Hail Came.

I read the book over about 18 months and was constantly gripped by both his recall and his descriptions of the trail. Also, it was 40 years ago that George headed out on the AT, and he shares plans for a future hike in 2025.

You can buy the book at Amazon at, while you can learn more about George at He’s also fairly lively on social media. You can follow him on Twitter (X) at , on Facebook at , and on Instagram at , all sites where you can gaze at some of his fabulous trail pictures.

We start the Hike With Steve Challenge this week, by catching up with Katie Becker, Chief Executive for Parenting Matters, on whose board I’ve been proud to serve for over a decade. You’ll learn about the work that Parenting Matters does, as well as the exciting partnership with The Flanzer Trust that will double your support. Check it out at

Don’t forget. Our entire series of videos from our Woods Hole Weekend in 2022 is now FREE and available at my YouTube page at There, you’ll find all sorts of tips and tricks that our guests took away from the weekend that helped them with their own hikes this year. Check it out.

I often ask listeners for ideas on who to interview, and I’m sure several of you say, “I could do that. I’ve got an awesome story to tell.” You’re the person we need to hear from. If you’d like to be interviewed on the podcast, just register as a guest on the link below, and I’ll be in touch.

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