Hi I’m Earl and welcome to my site. Thank you for visiting I hope you find the page useful and entertaining. I will be reliving my adventures here, if the things I have learned help you then I’ve accomplished my goal.
Many years ago in Central Maine
I was travelling with a sign language choir and in the distance was the lovely Mount Katahdin little did I know then that that one glance would spark a lifetime obcession and desire to hike the Appalachian Trail. The seed was planted and even while the tree was young and weak it grew roots and prospered.
I was 18 then and time passed I married raised 3 wonderful children while in the background was that desire to accomplish that dream. I had a good career as a pressman/platemaker at a local newspaper life was good. 11/28/1998 everything changed drastically. I reported for duty as usual and while working in the ink room was involved in a compressed air explosion. I suffered memory loss, hearing loss, vision impairments, chronic muscle spasms, and personality changes. That was nearly 20 years ago I have recovered in some ways but the tree never died the roots stayed strong. I remain permanently partially disabled with a 98% hearing loss in my left ear.
Achieving your dreams IS possible
Anyone can achieve their dreams with the proper dedication and determination. Some disabilities are unseen and some can hide them well. You would never know by seeing me that I had a disability. I’m currently 54 years old and during my research and training for the Appalachian Trail I have gained some basic knowledge and hope to educate those in need.
Raise awareness for those who have suffered a TBI the symptoms vary per case and the aftermath can be difficult on families as well as the injured. Helping hikers and would be hikers to live the dream and enjoy the outdoors.
If you ever need a hand or have ay questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Follow me on instagram @ta2d_preist for some awesome photos of my adventures.
All the best,