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© Blake Robinson.  All Rights Reserved.

 49 National Parks, 2 Feet, 1 Dream

Blake Robinson is exploring all 49 National Parks in the lower 48 under human power! He's already covered just shy of  10,000 miles since July 2017 connecting 30 National Parks from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Smokies to Acadia, and Joshua Tree to North Cascades! Now it's $$$$ Saving time before the net leg!

Follow Along!  Come meet me! Send me some love! Please see how you can Get Involved!  I'll also make every possible attempt at connecting with communities I go through along the way.  It's such a beautiful world outside! walktheparks@gmail.com

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February 13, 2019

What is Walk The Parks doing now?  Great question!  After 500 amazing days, which is still crazy for me to type, I decided the best thing to do for the winter was to work and save money for the next leg of Walk The Parks!

When is the next leg of Walk the Parks?  I have a plane ticket on April 15, 2019 to fly from Denver,CO  to Palm Springs, CA.  I'll then be maneuvering my way to Joshua Tree National Park where I get to start hiking again!  So extremely excited about this.  What's the plan? you can check it out at walktheparks.com/route but it basically involves connecting Joshua Tree to the Pacific Crest Trail to the Bigfoot Trail to the Pacific Northwest Trail.  

What have I been doing? Trying to save money as best I can, stay in shape, and work on Walk The Parks stuff, of course.

I wrote a book! Walk The Parks: First 500 Days is currently available at walktheparks.com/shop

I love the book, I'm so happy to share photos and stories in a 10 x 10 inch format. I'd lo...

July 22, 2018


 

Well, another interesting day in the life.  First, a super nice gentleman gave me a ride to the weird place I got off trail a couple days ago, thank you so much!

Hiking went pretty well today.  My infection didn’t grow, terrain was beautiful, 5 miles in there was a place to buy a can of soda, and life was good.

Then, about 15 miles in, I came to a shelter to grab some water.  The water was down a bit of a steep trail, but was clear and very cold: so GOOD!  I was a little frustrated when other hikers complained about the side trail to water being a 5 minute downhill hike.  This always frustrates me.  It’s cold water!  You need it to live, and you’re taking the least efficient way possible to get from Georgia to Maine: why on earth would you complain about a little side trail to get to cold, clear water in a pretty dry section of trail at the moment?

Anyway, I checked out my leg at this shelter as it was covered in long pants.  Uh oh.  More poison ivy!  I realize...

July 22, 2018


Miles: 0
Steps: 3,304
Elevation Gain: 0 feet

Thankfully the infection didn’t spread or anything, so hoping that’s a great sign?  Shrug

Relaxed for much of the day, elevating my leg and hoping for the best in my overpriced hotel room.  It always seems like things like this happen on my journey at the most expensive towns!  In Colorado I got Giardia around Pagosa Springs which was an expensive place to stay too!  Oh well, just how things go sometimes?

I made a tentative itinerary for the rest of the AT that hopefully I can stick with. Ahh, come on leg, heal!  I want to keep going, Time is money, and sadly I’m starting to feel like I’m running out...
 

July 21, 2018


Miles: 9.2
Steps: 24,737
Elevation Gain: 811 feet

Welp, tried to go back to the trail today and ended up needing to see a doctor!  Not the best day, but still a good day.

My irritation on my leg hadn’t gotten better.  In fact, it looked worse, but I thought I might as well hit the trail, didn’t seem too bad.  

I hiked and I really could feel the irritation on my leg.  I examined it a bit more closely and thought it may be some sort of infection.  I debated my options, talked to a couple friends on the phone and ultimately decided I needed to go get something for it.  

I walked back to town and went to a pharmacy.  The pharmacist took one look and said: you need to go to the ER immediately!  Wow, really?  That’s not good.  I googled a free clinic in town (extremely surprised) and of course today was the one day that all of the doctors were at a meeting.  Oh well, they were really nice. The nurse there encouraged me to get immediate treatment somewhere else....

July 21, 2018


Miles: 10.6
Steps: 27,006
Elevation Gain: 2,736 feet

Well, an interesting day today.  First up was steeply climbing then immediately descending 3 mountains.  Up, up, up, down down down.  There was quite a bit of rain in the forecast so I was relieved to escape the last peak and come down just before the rain hit!

I crossed into Massachusetts!  The 16th state of Walk The Parks!  Very, very nice! The border was in this really cool ravine, too.

My day of hiking ended fairly early today.  I came upon a picnic table with a bunch of water and Gatorade’s for thru hikers to take (thank you, that’s amazing!) and a couple from England in their van.  They offered me a ride into town and I took it!  

I spent the night in the expensive town of Great Barrington.  I noticed a big red irritation on the back of my leg.  Didn’t look horrible but really didn’t look that great, either. Hmmm...
 

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