So, for some reason (Cubicle re-compression syndrome? Vacation carryover?) I’ve still got the hiking bug really badly. I read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods on Monday (thanks, dad!), Dan Bruce’s Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s Handbook on Tuesday (thanks, mom!), and have been putting myself to sleep every night with 50 Hikes in the Adirondacks. I have an almost uncontrollable urge to take a leave-of-absence from [My employer] this summer for five weeks and hike the Appalachian Trail. Of course, the last hiking trip I went on, we spent one night in the Sheraton and the other night in a “Sir Edmund Hilary Three-Room Lodge Cabin”, purchased at the last minute because I HATE the rain. So I’m not sure how seriously I should take myself. Should I actually splurge and buy the Garcia Bear-Resistant Food Container, or just reupholster my reading chair?