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Illuminating fascinating stories of intriguing people.

Intriguing Individuals Podcast Garrick Hoffman

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Illuminating fascinating stories of intriguing people.

    Maxine "Short Stix" Presto | Intriguing Individuals Podcast | Ep #4

    Maxine "Short Stix" Presto | Intriguing Individuals Podcast | Ep #4

    Maxine "Short Stix" Presto is a solo thru-hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and is currently on her way to completing the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail (CDT), spanning from Mexico to Canada. 

    Maxine joined me to talk about trail life, her experiences on the AT and PCT, and what she anticipated for the CDT. She also discusses the realities of being a solo female vegan thru-hiker and what led her to go from an urbanite working in Manhattan and growing up in New Jersey to becoming an outdoors enthusiast committed to completing the Triple Crown - the AT, PCT and CDT.

    This episode was recorded about two weeks before she embarked. As of the publishing of this episode, she is making her way through Colorado.

    Follow Maxine's journey on Instagram: @maxinemachine
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    Hosted and edited by Garrick Hoffman
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    • 2 hr 24 min
    Katelyn Burrell | Intriguing Individuals Podcast | Ep #3

    Katelyn Burrell | Intriguing Individuals Podcast | Ep #3

    Katelyn Burrell is a breast cancer survivor, aspiring business owner and aspiring mama. She and her husband Sam have endured terribly agonizing trials in the last two years: in 2019, after a pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage, Katelyn was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was followed by chemotherapy - which resulted in hair loss, among other side effects - and ultimately a double mastectomy.
    However, Katelyn and Sam can finally see light at the end of the tunnel: not only is Katelyn now cancer-free, but after freezing fertilized eggs and then a successful search for a surrogate in 2021, they are now expecting TWINS in 2022!

    In addition to becoming a mom, Katelyn is also planning to open her own coffee shop at the Refuge Church in Windham, Maine, titled Milk & Honey. Finally, she just launched her own podcast titled Lifting Limitations, which is designed to provide connection and healing. It can be found on Apple Podcasts and followed on Instagram, @liftinglimitations.podcast.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Sammy Potter | Intriguing Individuals Podcast | Ep #2

    Sammy Potter | Intriguing Individuals Podcast | Ep #2

    Sammy Potter is one of two of the youngest hikers of the Calendar-Year Triple Crown (CYTC), an 8,000-mile hike comprised of the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail within one calendar year.

    Sammy, along with his friend and fellow Stanford University student Jackson Parell of Florida, began the hike in January 2021 in Georgia on the Appalachian Trail, and completed the last stretch of their journey in October 2021 in California on the Pacific Crest Trail. At ages 21 and 22, this makes them the two youngest hikers of the CYTC.

    Sammy and Jackson tell their story in a podcast for Backpacker, titled "Impossible Odds," available at Backpacker.com and on various streaming services.

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    Hosted and edited by Garrick Hoffman
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    Portrait of Sammy in thumbnail by Chris Bennett. 
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    Note: At one point in this episode, I (Garrick) mentioned feeding "gray jay" birds on the summit of Mt. Moriah in New Hampshire. While I succumbed to the social temptation in this instance and thus regret this choice, I do not subscribe to feeding wildlife, even though it was clear the birds were accustomed to humans and human food. This violates one of the many "Leave No Trace" principles and should not be encouraged, even if the animals already seem accustomed to humans and their food, as it fosters dependency on humans. Feeding wildlife is always prohibited in state and national parks, and should be both denounced and discouraged.

    To learn more about Leave No Trace ethics, visit: https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Mariah Larocque | Intriguing Individuals Podcast| Ep. #3

    Mariah Larocque | Intriguing Individuals Podcast| Ep. #3

    Mariah Larocque is an actor, screenwriter, activist, survivor, and she is currently Miss Maine 2021. 

    She starred in her first feature-length film, "Dole Mates," in 2021, in a lead role with Blake Wright, her co-star and boyfriend. Directed and written by Maine-based filmmaker and University of Southern Maine screenwriting instructor Dan Chaimowitz, "Dole Mates" is currently in post-production.

    During her time competing for and becoming Miss Maine, Mariah has been advocating to end child sexual abuse. A passionate activist for the cause, Mariah has experienced past trauma that has animated her advocacy efforts. She goes into some detail about her past in this episode.

    In addition to her acting, advocacy and Miss Maine journey, Mariah has recently completed her first screenplay. Titled "Good Morning Sunshine," Mariah aspires to bring this project to life on the screen.

    This episode was recorded November 6, 2021. Since the recording, Mariah contracted COVID, leaving her unable to compete in the final Miss America contest the weekend of December 18. Despite this sudden (and profound) disappointment, Mariah remains optimistic and resilient and will continue her journey as an actor, screenwriter, and Miss Maine.

    • 1 hr 32 min

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MarkyJoeHo ,

Great conversations!

Great conversations on the show and Garrick is a charismatic host and good listener!