Posted by: aidshike | February 10, 2013

AIDS HIKE … THE CHALLENGE – day two

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Hello there, my name is Moshe Mark Adler and I am a Person Thriving with AIDS!  I was diagnosed HIV+ the day before Thanksgiving 1987…  Over 25 years ago. Some people call me a Long Term Survivor. I have been a Person Living with Aids since 1996. My journey has been long and challenging but full of fascinating people and memorable and rewarding experiences along the way. I have faced some horrifying prognosis, battled really difficult physical health problems and dealt with serious emotional ups and downs along the path. These have partly stemmed from watching so many others I got close to pass away; and partly because I have fought through Survivors Guilt – why me, why am I still here, why not the others. But today I have no regrets and wouldn’t have done anything differently.

My journey has taken me to dark places but also has helped me see the light in so many things. I can laugh and play with friends and family and I can explore my two favorite loves: music (and the arts) and nature. As an Eagle Scout I have always enjoyed hiking and camping and am starting to really enjoy pursuing both again. I have started this blog to share my personal experiences being HIV+ and to document and explain my vision for a future event: AIDS HIKE.

As I will share in my next post, I was once told I may never walk again. This was a challenge I faced head on … in facing tremendous fear I was then able to use it to inspire me, to motivate me, to prove the doctors wrong. The journey ahead will lead to my walking and hiking every day… and documenting that here … leading up to my vision:

AIDS HIKE will feature a diverse team of HIV+ people attacking a monstrous task… Hiking the Appalachian Trail. The mission is to attempt to hike the entire trail but the journey will be so much more than the destination. The event will be fundraiser to support service providers that focus on HIV+ people and it will be also be used as a catalyst to hopefully raise awareness of the reality of HIV in today’s world.

Before I send you on to tomorrow’s post – of an article I wrote in 1998 about my personal journey – I will leave you with some information about the trail:

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the A.T., is an approximately 2,200 mile marked hiking and camping trail in the eastern United States, extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. Along the way, the trail also passes through the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is perhaps the most famous hiking trail in the world. It covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests and sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go!

The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in the wilderness, although some portions traverse towns, roads and cross rivers.

The A.T. is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Others hike it in sections and may complete the whole trail by chunks over a number of years. Many books, memoirs, web sites and fan organizations are dedicated to this pursuit.

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Today’s walk/hike took me on a sunset hike at the Robert E. Lee park in Baltimore (2.05 miles) and then a nice after dinner walk around my neighborhood – scenic Park Heights in Baltimore City ;~) (1.15 miles)

Total: 3.20 miles


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