It’s only 7 miles

Yesterday I went on another shakedown hike (one of I don’t know how many now) with my buddy Russ and my husband Joe (for those of you who have read my story, yes, we are back together after all that has happened). Generally, when I hike with Russ, I let him do the logistical planning, I don’t pay much attention, I just go with it. All I know is where we will start and where we will end. I don’t...

What I will NOT be carrying

As the countdown ticks on, I contemplate what is deemed as necessary for me to carry on the trail. I joined a couple Facebook groups designated for Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers in order to get to know my fellow hikers and to learn all I can before setting out on this epic adventure. As with any interaction with other humans, there are diverse opinions. I value opinions as they give me some perspective on what lies ahead.  Some feedback is more...

Yes. Yes, I am.

Appalachian Trials recently posted a link to an article written by fellow hiker Maggie Wallace – ‘8 Questions You SHOULD Ask a Thru-Hiker‘. In the article, she eludes to the ‘annoying’ questions that thru-hikers are repeatedly bombarded with. Being a female and endeavoring to completing a solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail seems to generate genuine concern about my well-being. Maybe the feeling is not genuine is some folks case, but definitely casts doubt in the minds of those who...

Decisions, decisions. When will the madness end?

The hike is 87 days away and I’ve been planning since spring. As the start date creeps up on me, I’m having increasing anxiety. I’m second-guessing EVERYTHING. I’m not second-guessing doing the actual hike (although when I’m warm and cozy in my bed at night, I think about how potentially awful it will be), but I’m agonizing over my gear, my clothing, and my strategy. The worst is when, after a day of prepping (not a day goes by where...

Follow me on the trail!

Hello everyone! As many of you already know, I will soon be embarking on an adventure. On Saturday, February 28th 2015, I will be leaving from Springer Mountain, Georgia on the 2,180 mile trek to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. I am hoping to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one continuous journey. Only 1 in 4 hikers who attempt to do this are successful. I will do my best to complete this mission and invite you all to join...

Trail Magic. Trail Sorcery. Trail Love. (Special Edition Blog Entry)

Trail Magic. Trail Sorcery. Trail Love.  Thursday, May 29th 2014 AT Segment Hike 7 – Long House Drive to Lakes Road Today was an especially fulfilling hiking experience. As was the normal routine, we parked one car at the destination (Lakes Road, Warwick, NY) and then with the other car, headed to the section trail head (Long House Drive, Hewitt, NJ). We met a couple of kids (I consider anyone younger than 30-years old these days a ‘kid’), thru-hikers, who...

Who has the keys?!

Who has the keys?! Wednesday, May 21st 2014 AT Segment Hike 6 – West Mombasha to Lakes Road The day started off with us getting lost. Yup, we got lost before we even started; it was my fault. I was driving, leading the way, and I was too busy talking to Terri instead of paying attention to where we were going. We were heading to West Mombasha; we were there just last week, so I figured I knew the way...

That’s just the way we roll!

That’s just the way we roll! Thursday, May 15th AT Segment Hike 5 – Elk Pen (Harriman State Park) to West Mombasha (Southfields, Sterling Forest, NY) Today’s hike was a ‘short’ 5.3-ish miler, an adventure from Elk Penn in Harriman State Park to West Mombasha in the middle of God-knows-where (it’s actually in Southfields / Sterling Forest, NY). We were duped into thinking that this would be a quick hike, because of the distance. However the terrain and the miserable...

I think we’re almost there…

I think we’re almost there… Friday, May 2nd 2014 AT Segment Hike 3 – Perkins Tower (Bear Mountain State Park, NY) to Tiorati Circle (Harriman State Park, NY) Today we hiked segment 3 of the Appalachian Trail, Perkins Tower in Bear Mountain State Park (NY) to Tiorati Circle in Harriman State Park (NY). We parked one car at Perkins Tower and then drove to our start point at Tiorati Circle. We started the hike better off than we did last...

Where the f&@k is the bridge?

Where the f&@k is the bridge? Thursday, April 24th AT Segment Hike 2 – Graymoor (Garrison, NY) to Bear Mountain Inn Today we (Russ, Terri and myself) hiked a segment of the Appalachian Trail.  We parked one car at the Bear Mountain Inn and drove the other to our starting point, which was at Graymoor (Garrison, NY), home of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement, in Garrison, NY. Our first segment hike (it was actually the second, since...