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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...