Just a random thought, looking at my excel spreadsheet on days I've gone hiking, I've not gone hiking on my wife's birthday, my mother-in-laws birthday or my daughter's birthday, ever, even before I was married or before my daughter was born.
Other oddities, most days together I have hiked is 10 (not the same year - 2x) although some eight & seven day stretches are only separated by one day. From 10/6 to 10/16, I've hiked every even day & off every odd day. I have yet to hike from May 2nd to May 12th, the longest stretch.
The day I've hiked the most on? 8/13 (1992, 1994, 1995, 2010 & 2011 - 11 days 4X) 8/13 is my parents (long since divorced) Anniversary.
It was nice to meet you Mike. The correct trail turned out to be on the steep up hill where I veered left. There was a tree partially blocking it, which made it hard to see the way. We stayed on the trail for a while, but lost it again. They outdistanced me, so I'm not sure why they chose the particular way taken, but it did get to tree line. It took me about an hour and a half from where we split. At that point I was pooped and just sat and enjoyed the view.
I just found your comment re: the Sierra Club thread. I don't go into the User CP section very often.
I have been well. I had to take about a year off (2008) from hiking due to achilles tendonitis. I must have aggravated it on a hike and it never got better until I had it diagnosed. I was given some stretches, therapy and some strengthening exercises. I voluntarily gave up hiking and running to see if that would help. Even though it was painful reading about all the hikes that other people were doing and was not able to go out and participate, in the long run it all paid off. I had a good winter of hiking and have done a couple hikes in the past couple weeks. I have really been pushing to see if there is any tenderness but there is no inkling that I ever had a problem.
I was thinking about you on my hike last weekend. I went up Jackson, Pierce, Ike and Monroe. Other than winter hikes and one Presi Traverse I did in heavy fog, my hike with you was the only other time I could see where I was going in the area between Monroe and Franklin. Hard to believe that was nearly 7 years ago!
Hope all is well with you and your family. Perhaps we'll meet on the trails again soon.
I think that the ADK required footwear thing is a matter of judgement. What's a ranger gonna do if you are not totally within the lines...carry you out? In all seriousness I think most try as hard as they can.