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Hiking Mt. Katahdin in Maine: Baxter Peak

Never mind why you are going; tell me what are you doing to prepare. Have you ever been to Asia? Do you speak any Korean? Have you taught children before? If your interview was anything like mine, it went “no, no, and… no.” Lack of experience aside, I got the job and cut through the red tape only to find myself here, talking to you instead of my Rosetta Stone. The program pairs phrases to pictures without actually revealing the literal translation of the subject matter. It is a great learning tool, but requires a lot of “back end” brain work and the academic discipline needed to complete 90 some odd lessons. I should be finished the first exercise of the first lesson come take off. People enter the United States that do not speak English all the time, and they do fine.

Do not think this as being ignorant, only realistic. Spend your last days before leaving home doing something special with close friends and family. Or you could put on a pair of jorts and set fire to an old couch in the woods. I chose to hike Mt. Katahdin, the tallest point in the State of Maine. The rock scramble portion was  intimidating up until the point where a 70 year old man free-handing his way up an eight foot boulder. Looking down at the 3000 feet of shear death to our right, the man said he was afraid of heights and starting laughing. I remember thinking, “Is this guy really here?”

Reaching the 5200ft summit at Baxter Peak took nearly 4 hours, 2 apples, 1 peach, 3 cliff bars, and a full can of SPAM. Eating the SPAM would not have been possible under normal circumstances, but a friend had given me a shiny new spork as a going away present just days before. To him, I dedicate this last sentence. And to you, I say go hiking.