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About jnunniv

I like outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and scuba diving.

Another interesting airline trip before ever starting the Make-A-Wish 26.3 mile hike

I need to address my 26.3 mile hike for the Alabama Make-A-Wish Foundation experience. There was so much going on that I really haven’t had time.  I first need to address the few days leading up to the hike. I … Continue reading

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Lessons learned during my 26.3 mile Trailblaze Challenge Hike for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

I completed the 26.3 mile hike for the Alabama Make-A-Wish Foundation this past Saturday, May 5th, 2018. I started at approximately 5:15 am and crossed the finish line at 4:13 pm.  There were aid stations/resupply points at miles 8.49, 13.44, and … Continue reading

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Basic information from the Trailblaze Challenge 26.3 mile hike for Make-A-Wish Foundation

This is the first of several posts about my experience of the Trailblaze Challenge for the Make-A-Wish foundation. There’s so much information, I will try to organize my thoughts and post in a somewhat logical fashion. Here’s the basis information … Continue reading

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I fought the biscuit and the biscuit won…

The lyrics of the song by The Clash “I Fought the Law” were shamelessly stolen and edited for this post. Just how does a biscuit win? You may ask. I’ll get there, but to appreciate it you have to know … Continue reading

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Dirty Girl Gaiters (Initial impressions)

All quotes are from https://dirtygirlgaiters.com/ I finally gave in to peer pressure and purchased a pair of Dirty Girl Gaiters to wear when I’m hiking. For the unknowing, Dirty Girl Gaiters are lightweight gaiters that fit from just above your … Continue reading

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I bought new shoes….

Since my very first hike I have worn Merrill Moab Ventilators.  They are great shoes – easy to find, affordable, comfortable, and have served me well for many trips.  I typically buy a new pair every year because water crossings … Continue reading

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15.2 miles: Trails 210, 223, and 208 Loop hike in the Sipsey Wilderness

As you may know, I’m participating in the 2018 Trailblaze Challenge for the Alabama Make-A-Wish Foundation. You may read more about it HERE (https://jnunniv.blog/2017/11/04/help-me-help-others-2018-trailblaze-challenge/). Not only am I raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the physical  challenge is hiking 26.3 … Continue reading

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Distances between points in the Sipsey Wilderness

One of the frustrating things about planning hikes in the Sipsey Wilderness is finding the distances between trail intersections or from one intersection to the trailhead.  All that is officially listed are the lengths of the individual trails. Well, I … Continue reading

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SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger review

Where I spend most of my time hiking is outside of cell phone service and I wanted a way to allow some communication with my wife and family. I have been debating for some time what type of device to … Continue reading

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Our adoption story

I’ll apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I believe it is well worth the read. First, a little bit of history.  I have two children from a previous marriage and had a vasectomy shortly after they … Continue reading

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