Wednesday, June 01, 2016

My Appalachian Trail Poll

It's been just over three weeks since I asked people to suggest a trail name for my Appalachian Trail hike.  As predicted, I received only a few suggestions.  I received seven suggestions from three people.  I'd hoped for more but ... I apparently have few readers and many of the ones I have are not interested in giving me an AT name.  Kind of disappointing as this was a wide open opportunity for hilarity that few took advantage of.

I whittled the names down to one suggestion per person, added one of my own, and put up a poll at the top of the sidebar on the right.  I also added an option for "Let the AT name me".  The choices are:

  • Jello - an inside family joke.  I do like eating jello but I don't do it as often as I used to.
  • Pilgrim - a reference to my walking of the Camino de Santiago.
  • Shuffle Monkey - From a good friend of the Wife.  Not sure about it but it does make me smile.
  • Chigger - another inside family joke.  The Wife doesn't believe in chiggers.
The poll will be open until the end of June when I expect to see measly three or four depressing votes.

NOTE:  This poll is for my edification only.  The final decision of an AT name will be solely up to me and may not be one of the names listed.


  1. The origin of Shuffle Monkey is as follows: Shuffle, because that's what I expect you to be doing about 3/4 of the way down (or is it up?) the trail. Monkey, because everything's better with monkey. Well if Shuffle Monkey doesn't win it better be Chigger. But seriously, when do I receive my prize?

  2. Goatgirl could not be righter. Shuffle Monkey is brilliant.