Dennis Blanchard was born and raised in Bristol, Connecticut. He and his wife Jane moved to Hampstead, New Hampshire in 1980 where he continued to follow his passion for the outdoors. He was the 2002 Masters Division New England Mountain Bike Champion (EFTA), an avid hiker and traveler. When he comes indoors to dry off, or warm up, he pursues his interest in Amateur Radio. Sometimes he takes the radio along with him outdoors as well.
Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, Dennis was always aware of the seductive siren’s call to hike it. In the sixties Dennis made a promise to his brother that haunted him for over forty years. Finally, when there were no more excuses, he set out 2007 on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that promise. As he walked the trail, Dennis reconnected with the Norman Rockwell America that seems lost and forgotten. He learned that not only are the difficulties of walking over 2,200 miles easily underestimated but that trouble can begin long before setting a first step on the trail. Blanchard's introspective demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes and challenging terrain may be far less formidable than some of life's more subtle dangers.
Dennis is a retired electronics engineer who has freelanced for amateur radio, technical and motorcycle adventure magazines. He now lives in Sarasota, Florida.