I’m Tam and I love adventure. I love moving outside and being in the mountains and taking advantage of what all the New England seasons have to offer. I set up this blog when I decided to hike the 272 mile long “Long Trail” of Vermont so that I could update my friends and family with pictures and stories along the way. I hiked Southbound from the Vermont/Canadian border into Massachusetts. It took me 26 days including 2 days off (or “zeros” in trail lingo). It was my first thru-hike (meaning hiking an entire trail all at once). My longest backpacking trip before the Long Trail was a 5 night section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Other then that I’ve done a handful of 2 and 3-day backpacking trips and lots of big day hikes. My latest goal is to bag the NH48 (This refers to the Forty-Eight recognized Four Thousand Footers of New Hampshire). I am keeping track here.
I started hiking in my early 30’s. Before I got into hiking, my skateboard brought me on many adventures back and forth across the country and up and down both coasts seeking empty the swimming pools of southern California, the dry drainage ditches of the Southwest and skate bowls built in skateparks (designed after empty swimming pools). I would read about the newest most amazing skatepark and then plan a trip to go skate there. On these road trips I would detour into National Parks and see landscapes that blew my mind. I saw PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) Hikers with huge packs in the late 90’s while I was driving thru the Mohave Desert. I had no idea what the PCT was at the time but I had great curiosity about these backpackers staggering out of the 120º desert and wondered what they were doing out there.
Eventually I sort of traded in my skateboard for a backpacking backpack. After hiking in old worn out skate sneakers, I bought myself some boots. I’ve since been exploring northern sections of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, New Hampshire, and the Western corners of Massachusetts. I am particularly drawn to the Bigelows and Baxter State Park in Maine and The White Mountains of New Hampshire. I fund my adventures and maintain a flexible schedule by staying self-employed as a Handy Person. I try to work as little as possible and I prioritize mid-week surfing and hiking.
“Cariboose” is my trail name. A trail name is like a nickname or pseudonym or alias that hikers can use when writing in trail logs which are notebooks located at shelters along the trail. In these logs, hikers can write about their day, leave notes for each other, communicate about lost and found items and share bits of trail news like bear activity, water info and trail detours.
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