“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir “The Appalachian Trail is a footpath for those who seek fellowship in the wilderness.” – AT motto When I first started my thru-hike of the Florida Trail this past January, I had the idea that I was a pilgrim onContinue reading “Fellowship in the Wilderness”
CAUTION! IT IS 100 MILES SOUTH TO THE NEAREST TOWN AT MONSON. THERE ARE NO PLACES TO OBTAIN SUPPLIES OR HELP UNTIL MONSON. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS SECTION UNLESS YOU HAVE A MINIMUM OF 10 DAYS SUPPLIES AND ARE FULLY EQUIPPED. THIS IS THE LONGEST WILDERNESS SECTION OF THE ENTIRE AT AND ITS DIFFICULTY SHOULDContinue reading “The Hundred Mile Wilderness”
CuppaTea met us at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy HQ and off we went. CuppaTea is really sweet and I am so glad to have met her. We stopped in my home town of North Billerica, Massachusetts on the way to Maine, staying at the home of some dear friends.We stayed for two days and gotContinue reading “KATAHDIN”
On Monday, August 8th, Stryder, Snips, and I stayed at the Jim & Molly Denton Shelter just outside Front Royal, Virginia. The shelter is easily one of the most premier shelters on the Appalachian Trail. Most shelters follow the typical Adirondack-style lean-to design, sleeping six to eight people, but the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club went aboveContinue reading “Half-Ways, Flip-Flops, & Harpers Ferry”
It’s been a few weeks – sorry about that. I keep meaning to post more often so that I keep everyone updated! Last Sunday, July 31, we arrived at Calf Mountain Shelter in the Shenandoah National Park – mile marker 869 of the Appalachian Trail, after I had a nice lunch and stop at aContinue reading “Oh, Shenandoah…”
As we hiked into Bland, the skies began to open up. We were in such an awful mood that by the time our packs and clothing and everything else were soaked, we had decided this was it. After being sick, hungry, and now soaked – it was time to call it quits. With that in mind, we started down the road into Bland, continuing to be pounded by a driving rain and terrible thunderstorms.
Sorry I haven’t had a chance to give y’all an update on my progress. Currently, I am sitting at the library in Marion, Virginia. Since I started on the AT, I have walked 532.2 miles. The quarter way mark is coming up very soon. All totaled, I have now walked 1300 miles. Woot! After hikingContinue reading “Kincora, Ponies, and 500!”
“Hey, did you guys see those transgenders [sic] that were hiking the other day?” asked one of the guys.
“No way! Did you kill them?” asked another.
“What the fuck did you just say?” I blurted out.
Passover in the Wilderness Thanks to the amazing Foundation, a trail friend I made while hiking through Big Cypress National Preserve on the Florida National Scenic Trail, there was matzah and grape juice waiting for me at Fontana Dam, North Carolina. So, on the third night of Passover, I hosted a “Hiker Seder.” What anContinue reading “Passover, the Smokies, & Hot Springs”
One of the things I love best about the Appalachian Trail is the wide availability of water along the way. Every few miles there seems to be some spring popping out of the ground or a heavy flowing creek coming down the side of a mountain. And the water is so refreshing! Water is veryContinue reading “Water, Water Everywhere”