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Dances with bears in the shower.

Background Information

I was born in Bristol, Connecticut. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force I moved to New Hampshire with my wonderful wife, Jane. Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, there was always the seductive siren's call to hike it. To support his hiking habit I have spent most of my life working as an electronics engineer. I'm an avid ham radio enthusiast, call letters K1YPP and have authored many pieces for magazines such as the amateur radio journal, QST and other technical magazines, as well as motorcycle adventure articles. When not off wandering in the woods I lives in Sarasota, Florida.


Birth Place
Bristol, CT USA

New England Mountain Bike Champion, Masters Division, 2002. Book, Three Hundred Zeroes was a finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Contest.

Additional Information

I'm an avid amateur radio operator and builder. I take my ham radio with me on long distance hikes and bike rides. Ham Radio call letter is K1YPP.

Contact Information
Three Hundred Zeroes Author
PO Box 18364 
Sarasota FL 34276   USA
Contact Author: Dennis R Blanchard
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Three Hundred Zeroes
When siblings promise to do something together when they 'grow up," do they follow through? When war and a Purple Heart Medal alter those promises, should the surviving brother continue? My promise to my brother haunted me for over forty years. Finally, when there were no more excuses, I set out on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that youthful promise. Three Hundred Zeroes describes the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) as it meanders for almost 2,200 miles (3,500 km) through some of the most awe inspiring, remote, vibrant woodlands and mountains in the eastern United States. Maddeningly indirect at times, the trail wanders aimlessly from Springer Mountain in Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, in Maine. Along it's length the A.T. is home to every conceivable form of plant life, vegetation, tree and animal from the minuscule pygmy shrew to the titans of the north woods, the American black bear and moose. Three Hundred Zeroes describes a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long lost and forgotten. Walking through small boroughs, villages and out-of-the-way places, I encountered people that don't judge others by their worldly possessions, the car they drive, or how big their house is. Conversations evolved around severe weather; trail conditions, distance traveled, and destinations. The predominate question that always arose was, "Can I help?" or "Are you hungry?" Appalachian Trail life is more often than not factored down to its lowest common denominator: honest to goodness caring and personal connections. A menagerie of personalities leads to numerous comical situations. A cast of characters with monikers such as "Cookie Monster," "Bone Lady," "Half-Elvis," "Motor Butt," "Bilge Rat," "Privy Monster," and "Serial Killer," guaranteed that there was never a dull moment. Serious obstacles abound. The difficulties I encountered walking over 2,200 miles were easily underestimated and trouble began long before setting that first step on the trail. Three Hundred Zeroes demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes, extreme weather and challenging terrain may be far less formidable than some of life's more subtle dangers. Explore this national treasure, the Appalachian Trail through my adventures in Three Hundred Zeroes.

Three Hundred Zeroes Blog
This blog is where you can find out more about the book, Three Hundred Zeroes, or leave comments if you've already read it. Questions about hiking the Appalachian Trail or hiking in general are welcome. I love the outdoors and just about anything related to outdoor life is fair game.

Appalachian Trail Club of Florida
The ATC Florida is devoted to supporting the activities of the Appalachian Trail through volunteer works and going out and hiking the trail.

Sarasota Authors Connection
I'm involved in membership with this premier writers organization, right here in Sarasota, Fl. We meet ten times a year and feature nationally known writers, publishers and writing authorities each month as speakers.

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