Recently I have not been hiking much but with spring coming and a job that makes a small surplus, I'm feeling it again. (Since I tore my meniscus at McConnell's Mill State Park in PA, it's been all car camping + day hikes, a bit in the Ozarks and a bit in east Texas, with the Florida Keys thrown in just to get in my one vacation dive a year ;) )
In the past, I have day-hiked in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania--I love the Shawnee National Forest (IL), Devil's Lake and Kettle Moraine South (WI), and anything in west PA, including the State Parks around Pittsburgh and Ohiopyle. I don't mind a little paddling in addition to hiking, though I would like to spend less time in the water than I did at the Nantahala Outdoor Center last summer, 2011. ;-)
In May of 2010 I hiked 164 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Springer Mountain to Fontana Dam. Even though it was only three weeks, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
A week later I hiked about 40 miles of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in southwest Pennsylvania, starting at Ohiopyle State Park and continuing to Laurel Summit State Park. I was forced to leave the trail because of foot problems (blisters!).
Since then I've done some day-hiking in Shenandoah Valley National Park and in my local area. I enjoyed giving rides to thru-hikers in Shenandoah and see myself as a future Trail Angel, especially since I would like to move to a mountainous area ASAP. Just can't decide between Atlanta and Portland. I do like warm weather, but I've never been to Portland.
I hope to try another thru-hike of the AT as soon as possible. This will depend on my ability (or lack thereof) to save cash, and perhaps on how long I can stand my current job as a systems programmer in a sweatshop, er, I mean "hosting company." I'm shooting for a concurrent yo-yo starting in spring of next year, 2014. There is a slight chance I may want to hold out another year and plan a great adventure, like the AT and PCT one after the other, with some shorter hiking, couch surfing, and perhaps a software contract ;) in between. Maybe real surfing and scuba diving, if I could spend the winter in a tent site in Florida!
Then I'd finally grow up and get a real application programming job. Oh wait, there's the CDT, never mind.