Anticipation

on 26 March 2009

I've been doing a lot of research on people that have successfully completed the entire 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail and I usually read things from people that say it was the "greatest but hardest thing they've ever done" or that it "was the thing that changed their life forever." I leave in one week and I am trying to prepare myself mentally for this challenge. It is sort of weird walking into something that other people have assigned such high praise to. Will it have the same effect on me? I'm curious to hear stories from others about something that changed their life forever or something that was "very hard but extremely rewarding".

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey!I am Valerie from Mr.D's enrichment class.I found ur water weight.It is 130.5.Isn't it cool?Make sure u drink alot of water.Bye!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr.Devoe this is Brittany from Mr.D's class.Guess what?Today i learned how much water weight you have it is 130.50.So what do you plan to take with you?

Anonymous said...

Hi this is Mike. Do u know that u have 130.5lbs of watter I have77.5lbs of watter. So,se ya.

Anonymous said...

Hey waz up Mr.Devoe i'm Emily from Mr.d's erichment class 130% of your body is water and 52% of my body is water. Good luck

Anonymous said...

Hey, Mr. Devoe!!! It's me Nikiah!! Hey guess what? My water wight is 58 pound and I wiegh 74.4 pounds. Your water weight is 130.5 pounds. Cool Right. Anyway I have to go compost. See you L8r. ( Later) P.S. I can't wait to someday have science with you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 1 week! that will come quicker than you expect it to! i started counting down till my birthday when there was 2 months, now there are 5 days! i am so excited to be 16!!!! most of my friends that have their licences tend to drive every where they go, even if it is with in walking distance, and it makes me mad! that is what is causing Global Warming! hopefully one of my projects on global warming will get through to them! i will still walk everywhere i can, or ride my bike (when i get a new one)! well, got to run, talk to you later Mr. Devoe!!!

~Crissy

Anonymous said...

I don't think that you will come away from this experience unchanged. It will definitely have an affect on you. What that affect is may be the same as in stories that you hear from others and it may not. No one is exactly the same physically, psychologically, or emotionally, so how it affects you depends on you. As for preparing yourself mentally, I think the best thing that you can do is to enjoy your last few days with the people who will miss you while you are gone. Spend as much time with them as possible. You'll be surprised at how alone you'll feel even with a friend along. Good luck, Chad!

Anonymous said...

Hay it is me, Tristan, I have not really done anything rewarding that is difficult but you are awesome your girl friend must be scared but you will deffentliy make it because you are mentily strong and phisical.

Anonymous said...

It is Deni again. Don t be scared there are hard things in the world. But you have to believe in your self. Don't be scared you just have to go on the trip and you will love it. Like when it was my first time standing up to my brother I was not scared. But when he stop being me { that day}. I felt good inside and i loved it. So you have to face your fears and go out there and have fun. I hope you have a great time.
Deni

Anonymous said...

Yo, his is Emma D. from Mr.D.'s class. I bet your really nervous about doing this. Your pretty brave to be doing this I wouldnever be able to do that. and don't worry about the chickens man they'll be okay ( I hope ).

Anonymous said...

I bet your feeling really nervous but I think it will turn out great in the end! A experience that was hard but turned out good in the end was when I went down to Tennessee without my mom or dad. I had to stay with a person named Geine. She is my brothers and sisters step mom. I was a little nervous because I did not know her but we hung out everyday and had a good time! It turned out great! So I think you should take these stories to heart because they will help you along the way!!! Your friend,
Emma

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr.Devo this is Brittany From Mr.Ds class.I would be really really be nervious if was you because,I would be away from all my friends and family.Are you scared?
Sincerly,Brittany

Anonymous said...

Yo waz up Mr.DeVoe? This is Emily H. from Mr.D's enrichment class. This is such a big decsion for you!!! I could NEVER leave my family and friends for six months. You are really brave!! The biggest decsion in my life was accepting a stepmother in my life. I was nervous about having another Mom. I accepted her and now I love her and know I made a GREAT decsion!!!!!
Emily H.

Anonymous said...

Yo Mr. Devoe This is Emily from Mr.ds earichmit class.I bet you are felling really scared that you are doing this i would never do that in my life!!!!!! The biggest decsion i have ever made is my mom was living in Virginia and i went down there to see her and she had a new husband i was kinda scared to meet him but then i did and he was pretty cool!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yo it is jake wwuzzzzzzz up I think that you can ace this mission there is a lot of scary things but still belive in yourself.So like me I almost killed myself because I took a sharp turn on my atv and was on 2 wheels but I survived. So bestrong because we are men funny right. ha ha ha ha ha ha ssseee yyyaaa bye.

Anonymous said...

This is Colton from Mr. D's enrichment and I know your nervous but when your there you'll have the time of your life. This Winter I had to challenge someone on my snowmobile and go down the biggest hill and deadliest in Moravia and I won and got a trophy.Stay safe!

Anonymous said...

Hey it's Jake from mr.D's enrichment and you are probably nervous but you shouldn't be it will be fine.I hope you will have a lot of fun
and stay heathy.I was racing I pushed it to the limmet I ended up flipping , was not fun.

Anonymous said...

HAVE A GREAT TIME MR.DEVOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sincerly,Brittany

Anonymous said...

Its Arrion again how are you? the sadest thing iI did is at my gradpa's funerel I had to go up and see his dead body butt I got over it.
your friend Arrion

Anonymous said...

Hey it's Mike. I know you are scared, but I was scared to. When I had to feed my neighbor's rapid dog for a week it was scary. Stay Safe!

Anonymous said...

Hey,its Kailea again.Im going to be telling about something I did that was hard but turned out rewarding!Once I heard that I was going to be talking to you and I was a little nervous because I heard you were going on this trip because you seemed a little INSANE!!!!But everything turned out o.k because I heard you were naturally INSANE!!!But I feel empathy for you going on this trip and I hope it turns out GREAT!......and dont be chickened out about your chickens cause they will be o.k....hopefully :s I got your back dude peace!

Anonymous said...

Yo it's Tyler. I woudn't be scared if I was you, many people have made it before.Something hat was hard for me was my Dad took me to North Carolina he wouldn't tell me why we were going there. I ended up getting a new dirt bike. PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

That must be cool to walk that WHOLE trail. You know what? You shouldn't be scared. There might be harder stuff out there. I once had to do something hard. My parents decided to take a vaction to Greece for a week and Thailand for a week, but all the planes to Greece were full. So we ended up going to Thailand for 2 weeks. It was scary because I knew it was really hot there, and I also didn't know if something bad would happen to us or to our house. When the trip was over, it changed my life forever. Have fun Mr. Devoe!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi this is Tess. You are probally very scared but don't be that scared because you are going to be doing a great thing. I went though something scared. When I was 5 I went on a plane. It was my first time riding it. When I got to the place where I was going I had such a great time. Then I was not that scared when I went on a plane again.You will have a great time so do not worry to much because I got on that plane and I was alive when I got off so you will be alive after your trip on the Appalachian mountains.
Sinceraly Tess

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. DeVoe. Only a few more days and you will embark on an incredible journey! The Board of Education wishes you well and we look forward to tracking your progress and hearing about your experiences along the way. Please take care of yourself, we need you back!

Miriam Zubal

Mr. DeVoe said...

Hi Miriam and the BOE! Thanks for posting. I'm looking forward to this trek and the opportunity to take the students and community of Groton along with me. Thanks for the best wishes. I'll see you in September.

Anonymous said...

tick-tock the clock is ticking.

Anonymous said...

I believe it was Robert Frost that said..."two roads diverged into the woods and I took the one less traveled on and that has made all the difference...." Best of Luck Chad!

Anonymous said...

Dear MR.DAVO I hope you finish it.And I totaly think you can.By the way how are you doing and how many more miles do you have to go.I hope you guys make it back in time. YOUR FRIEND,ASHLEY

Anonymous said...

Hey Chad, This is Lee, speech therapist at the elementary school. Hope you are enjoying the journey. You are missing snow flurries, cold temps, and wind in Cortland. Wishing you good weather and no blisters! Have fun and soak it all in! Lee

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