Six Lessons I Learned By Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

In 2018, after seven years of living and working on a public relations career in Washington, D.C., I quit my dream job to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT). The next six months went by in a flash. Day in and day out, I trudged up and over mountains, in extreme cold and sweltering heat, through swarms of mosquitos, in sickness and in health, through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. These are the lessons I learned from doing so.

How to Take Your First Backpacking Trip

Want to try out backpacking but don’t know where to start? Then this post is for you! I go through the nitty gritty – where to start, how to choose a trail, how to plan your trip, and what to bring to get you out hiking and camping for an overnight or more.

10 Ways to Save for Your Next Adventure

Want to go on a great adventure? Whether that means thru-hiking a long trail (like me – I’m gunning for the Pacific Crest Trail next!), backpacking through Europe, or living in Bali for six months, you better save that money, honey! I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year and a half readingContinue reading “10 Ways to Save for Your Next Adventure”

Maine: I’ve Reached the Promised Land of the Appalachian Trail

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on September 25, 2018.  Maine. The way a thru-hike should be. The reward for hiking almost 2,000 miles prior to arrival. The promised land. There’s a good reason we got to Maine and proceeded to stay for almost an entire month. Sure, Southern Maine’s terrain is difficult, and almostContinue reading “Maine: I’ve Reached the Promised Land of the Appalachian Trail”

A Tale of a Muddy Trail, and Muddier Relationships

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on August 10, 2018.  I have a lot of feelings about Vermont. Or rather, I had a lot of feelings in Vermont. Some were good, some were bad. Either way, I don’t think I could write honestly about my experience there without sharing them. So, I’ll start with theContinue reading “A Tale of a Muddy Trail, and Muddier Relationships”

There’s Magic on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on July 9, 2018.  New Jersey has been such a pleasant surprise. After the trials of Pennsylvania, which included a heat wave (where I may or may not have gotten heat exhaustion), a storm that produced five inches of rain in one night (you better believe my tent flooded,Continue reading “There’s Magic on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey”

The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on May 24, 2018 The evening before we would enter Grayson Highlands State Park, we had to scramble to make it to a shelter as a big lightning storm rolled in. We had dillydallied at the bottom of a two or so-mile hill, sipping a trail magic PBR andContinue reading “The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland”

Straddling the Border of North Carolina and Tennessee on the Appalachian Trail

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on May 7, 2018. The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind and a delight. I can’t believe it has been this long since I’ve written. But rest assured, I’m still on trail and still thriving (albeit with some aches and pains). In fact, I’ve fallen even moreContinue reading “Straddling the Border of North Carolina and Tennessee on the Appalachian Trail”

The Splendor of Hiking Through the Great Smoky Mountains

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on April 14, 2018.  There is a rumor mill on trail the likes of which I haven’t seen since high school. Seriously, word gets around the trail, and it gets around fast. Some of the trail rumors are true, some are partially true, and some are just plain fakeContinue reading “The Splendor of Hiking Through the Great Smoky Mountains”

Magic in the Daily Routine of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on April 8, 2018.  A few people have asked me to post about what a typical day on the Appalachian Trail is like. And so, your wish is my command. A typical day on the AT so far is grueling, exciting, exhausting, inspiring, monotonous, crowded, peaceful, and really notContinue reading “Magic in the Daily Routine of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker”