I have been asked a lot about how long I plan to keep the beard (mostly from Amy, with a bit of an agitated and annoyed tone).  Well, even though I am off the trail I do intend to keep it for the next week or two as I make my way back across the country to visit friends and family.  I figure I worked hard for the past 4-plus months, avoiding the razor, trying to keep food out of my whiskers, and dealing with the itching as it grew out…I should at least show it off!  So keep an eye out for The Beard…coming soon to a town near you!