It occurs to me that I never properly introduced myself. I work under the pen name of D. X. Logan, so kept my name here in rough keeping with that. I have always had a love of the outdoors and a strong interest in survival and self-sufficiency. After earning Eagle Scout, I went on to be councilor for several merit badges related to the topic, though focused in survival badge specifically. In 2005, I managed to attend the standard class of the Tracker School. It was an amazing experience. I felt like I was far more observant than a lot of the others there, but compared to the instructors and Tom Brown Jr. himself, I was decidedly underwhelming. I learned as much in that one week as I had in years of self-learning. The following year I went on a thru-hike of the Appalachian trail and just under six months after starting, I finished. The title of this post is actually the trail-name I earned while there.
It was on the AT that I first grew interested in permaculture and homesteading. One of the first hostels I stayed in had a huge library and I managed to glut on several books before leaving the next day (Woo hoo for learning to speed read in college). After the trail, I spent two years working for a greenhouse before moving on to a job making way more money. It wasn't long at that job before I realized that money didn't matter to me as much as the health of my relationships, so I moved on to a few other jobs over the last few years. In between, I have worked on my writing career, though it still isn't progressed to a point that I can live on my writing earnings alone. Just in the last year or so, I ran across a keynote youtube by Paul and followed it to his article on building, then onward to here. Since getting here, I have tried to make a point of never just posting a comment unless I can add at least a little something helpful. Take that to mean that if you haven't seen me do a lot of pat on the backs, it isn't that I don't think you deserve them, only that others had already done so and I didn't want to clutter your posting unless I had something valuable to contribute beyond recognition of whatever was back-pat-worthy.
So that is the majority of my basic growth into permaculture. I left out details of course and much of my life that wasn't in some way related to how I ended up here. Anyway, a belated hello and nice to meet everyone.