An Introduction

Hey there.  I’m Clint Wesly Williams. No, it’s not a typo. No, my middle name is not spelled wrong, though Google thinks it is as she constantly asks if I meant “Wesley”.   My mom just wanted my middle name to be different.  It is, so I decided to embrace it.

I grew up in East Texas running about in the woods.  I was fortunate in that regard.  It allowed me the freedom to explore and just be a kid.

I grew up a conspiracy theorist, but in a good way.  I’m pretty cynical and have a true disdain for money, though I realize it is required if you want to survive in the world.  As a kid, books like The Boxcar Children and My Side of the Mountain fueled my desire to live my life on my own terms, self sufficient, self reliant, and independent.  I lost faith (though I never really had any) in Capitalism and don’t want to be part of the “matrix” any longer.

“The Idea”

I chased the American dream for half my life.  Arguably, I caught it.  I discovered it wasn’t quite the dream that I was sold.  I decided to do something about it.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. -Henry David Thoreau

It took some convincing, but Jodi, my wife, finally conceded that we needed to downsize our suburban monstrosity of a dwelling, reduce and simplify our monthly expenditures, clear our lives of clutter, and in the words of Thoreau, “live deliberately”.

To make a really long story, really short, we decided to sell everything, buy a sailboat, live aboard said boat, and sail the world.  The Internet helped fuel my desires with stories of people doing exactly this.  Bumfuzzle, the quintessential novice yuppie circumnavigator/adventurer/explorer blog gave me hope that what I was trying to achieve was certainly possible.  So, 3 years of reading, planning, (arguing), reading some more, and we pulled the trigger on a sailboat.

That’s when I started this blog, but under a different name, that of our boat:  Emet.

The End of “The Idea” and the Beginning of “The Adventure”

After about 4 years of living on the sailboat, Jodi decided that she had enough.  With the sailboat gone, I decided to get back to the woods through hiking.  That’s when I discovered the long trails:  the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.  I embarked on a thru-hike of the AT and changed the name of the blog.

And that’s where things are currently.

This blog is about my adventures in the outdoors as well as adventures in living simply.

Because, if life isn’t an adventure, then what is it?

See you outside.