Been a while. Over half a year since my last post. So what the hell is going on? Well, it's pretty simple in some respects, more complex in others. Let's start with the simple: life has just been really busy the past year. Having small kids, working full time, social life, etc. have all been more demanding, so my free time has suffered because of it, unfortunately. Then on top of this, a few trips I had planned recently fell through due to illness. So yeah, some bad luck too.
However there are other factors that have contributed to my outdoor life sinking into a rut. I vented about them at length on the forum for Ultralight backpacking over at Reddit, which you can read here. Long story short, after several years of devotedly section hiking trails in my area, I ran out of new places to explore, and this made me lose the motivation to get out as regularly as I did in the past.