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”

The Highs and Lows of New Hampshire on the Appalachian Trail

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on September 11, 2018.  When I met Miss Janet in Pennsylvania, she told me that thru-hikers arrive in New Hampshire feeling like they’re ten feet tall, only to quickly be humbled by its tough terrain. (For those of you who are unfamiliar, Miss Janet is probably the most well-knownContinue reading “The Highs and Lows of New Hampshire on 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”

Connecticut and Massachusetts: Gateways to the North on the Appalachian Trail

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”

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”

Six Lessons Learned on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on April 1, 2018. As I crossed the Georgia border into North Carolina, I smiled and let out a little whoop of excitement. I’d done it – made it through my first state on the AT! One down, 13 more to go. Despite taking only about ten days ofContinue reading “Six Lessons Learned on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia”