About Me

Curious George is the name, and hiking’s the game!


I am hiking the 2200 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT). I began in 2014, and completed 920 miles. I stopped due to injuries. I plan to complete my hike in 2016!

We are all about labels. On the AT, we are all known by a nickname. Tradition has it that you “earn” your nickname through some foible or inclination, though in recent years, many at least TRY to pick their own nicknames.

I earned mine before even stepping on the trail! The website of AT hikers is called Whiteblaze.com, for the “white blazes” that direct hikers along the path. As you can imagine, there are blogs about every aspect of hiking, from food and clothing, to gear and techniques.

So, how did I “earn” my nickname? I am bringing an inflatable pillow, and for comfort’s
  sake, I wanted a lightweight pillowcase. I found an entrepreneur who makes pillowcases specifically for hikers, I ordered one, and was impressed with the quality and service. A

whimsical part of the pillowcase is that it happens to have monkeys on the fleece portion… Well, I decided to blog about my new acquisition, and promote the pillowcase maker. I posted a photo of the pillowcase, and thanks to a few readers and posts, the label Curious George was mine! I checked with my support team of 4 grandkids, and they all heartily approved, so Curious George it is!

For those looking for a short biography, I will stick to labels:

Retired! I officially retired on February 1st, 2014.
Captain. I was a 737 Captain for American Airlines.
Husband. Happily married to my beautiful wife, Janet. She has blessed me with the gift of allowing me to pursue my dream, a 5-6 month journey!
Son, Father. ‘Nuff said.
Grandfather. Best job in the world, bar none!
Christian. “Ask and it will be given you; seek, and you will find…” Matthew 7:7

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Great to meet you CG! As you tromp through your 2K miles, remember that Snacktime and I are hiking with you in spirit!

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