In 2018, I quit my job in Washington, D.C., gave up my apartment, said goodbye to all my friends, and hopped onto the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Georgia, heading north. The next six months, scrambling up and over mountains with a heavy pack on my back, were rewarding beyond words. I’m here to say that if you’re considering visiting the AT, whether it’s for a few days or a few months, you should do it. These photos will explain why.
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.
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.
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”
This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on February 1, 2019. 2019 thru-hiker hopefuls, strap in. You’re headed for a wild, beautiful, life-altering, incredibly meaningful, and downright magical ride. I remember the beginning of the trail vividly. You’re nervous, you’re excited, you’re meeting people, so many people, every single day. At the welcome center at Amicalola,Continue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Virginia Blues on the Appalachian Trail”
This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on November 21, 2018. I’ve been going through trail withdrawal hard since finishing my AT thru-hike in September. With winter quickly approaching and hiking season winding down, I decided to peel myself off my couch and do something about it. I finally checked off a bucket list item andContinue reading “How to Hike West Virginia’s Cranberry Wilderness”
This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on October 12, 2018. It’s been about a month since I finished my thru-hike. I’ve been wanting to write—wanting to put into words what it all meant to me, but I’ve struggled to pick up the pen (or, you know, keyboard). The Post-Trail Blues I’ve struggled with a lotContinue reading “The Comedown from Katahdin: Recovering From the Appalachian Trail and the Post-Trail Blues”
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 almost 300 miles of trail stretch through this state, and weContinue reading “Maine: I’ve Reached the Promised Land of the Appalachian Trail”
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”
This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on August 7, 2018. Connecticut and Massachusetts were a bit of a blur, though both perfectly lovely states to hike through, and nice gateways to the north. Connecticut only boasts about 50 miles of trail and Massachusetts about 90, and we were feeling strong throughout, so they went byContinue reading “Connecticut and Massachusetts: Gateways to the North on the Appalachian Trail”