Off-Trail Housekeeping and Updates

A note from the blogger…

Since the launch of on January 13, it has been an amazing experience for me.  Over the past few months, learning about and its robust capability, becoming more aware of the power of blogs and their followers, and sharing my backpacking adventures through WordPress have been humbling.  As a newly licensed Amateur (Ham) Radio operator, I’m especially looking forward to spring weather and being able to begin incorporating more radio activity in my blog.

As a beginning blogger, I’ve been learning by doing or in some cases, not doing. I didn’t know that I needed to turn on the ‘Like’ button in WordPress until a few days ago…  allowing readers to ‘Like’ a post. I also didn’t understand that to ‘Comment’ on a post or to ‘Like’ a post, readers first had to register with WordPress… a slight hassle, but not that bad. Then once you register and get your user name and password, you can ‘Comment/Like’ individual posts, or ‘follow’ any of the millions of WordPress blogs out there. Old news for most, but just more lessons learned for me. I reached out to friends and family via email to make them aware of these tidbits of blogging information. And, I assured them that there are many, many other blogs out there that they would also find interesting– guaranteed!

As a beginning blogger, I planned to post weekly, maybe 5 times a month — and from January through March, I’ve posted 15 times. My goals are to document and tell the stories of my back-country trail and radio-related adventures, while connecting with other interesting bloggers in the process. I’ve already met a number of interesting and helpful bloggers– a very friendly community!

Thanks to those who follow and subscribe to my blog. Thanks for the ‘Comments’ and ‘Likes.’ What’s coming up? Great trail adventures in many interesting places: backpacking, hiking and camping, maybe even some urban-hiking; low-power VHF-UHF radio operations– to start with; antennas, batteries, photo-voltaic charging systems, and more. Stay tuned!  I’m just beginning to have fun with this.



About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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