Tomorrow I complete my journey of 24+ years working for Microsoft and I am eager start my next chapter. Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Mexico to Canada will fill my immediate future and after I make it back home, I’m confident that I’ll have some insight into what comes next.
Lots more about the trail, planning, and logistics later but for now, here’s the brief note I sent to all the amazing, talented Microsoft people with whom I had the privilege of working:
Interestingly enough, I began my Microsoft journey precisely 9000 days ago(!) so today marks the close of a big, personal chapter. I carry forward great memories of changing the world with the likes of you all and wish everyone nothing but continued success in whatever stirs your heart.
As for more me, I’m off to realize my long held dream of thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. I start north on May 9th and will finish sometime mid-September after 2650 miles, ~6MM steps, and >600K calories consumed. If so inclined, you can follow my story at www.walkingmywayhome.com. Honestly, the blogging seems much more daunting to me than the hiking but I’m committed to discovering whether or not that’s true.
Let the journey begin!
I hope you didn’t miss the part above about my fear of blogging. I have little idea what I’m getting into and ask for your patience as I discover my voice and learn the ins/outs of WordPress. My first attempt did not go so well when my first and all too clever blog name- walkingawayhome- had my wife convinced I was angling for divorce. Rest assured dear reader that nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, Katrina’s blessing for my happy little dream stands as further evidence of my great good fortune in life. I’m a lucky man.
If you choose to come along, I pledge an honest account of both trail adventure and self-discovery. Who knows what we’ll find? I hope you will join me as I walk my way home.