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”

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”

Compiling the Soundtrack to My Appalachian Trail Journey

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on March 19, 2018.  Sitting on the plane, about to embark on what I hope will be the greatest adventure of my life so far, my feet won’t stop tapping. Tap, tap, tap. I’m probably driving my neighbor crazy – shifting this way and that, practically bouncing out ofContinue reading “Compiling the Soundtrack to My Appalachian Trail Journey”

Ready, Set, (Almost Time to) Go!

This post was first published on TheTrek.co on March 13, 2018.  Whatever happened to the calm before the storm? You would be surprised just how much preparation goes into a thru-hike. It seems simple, right? Pack up your backpack with camping gear and snacks and hit the road. Go be free, little bird, go beContinue reading “Ready, Set, (Almost Time to) Go!”

The Long and Winding Road to the Appalachian Trail

This post was first published on TheTrek.co on February 28, 2018.  Why? That is, of course, the first word that tends to pop out of a person’s mouth the moment you tell them you’re planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (otherwise known simply as “the AT”) from Georgia to Maine. Usually, it is accompaniedContinue reading “The Long and Winding Road to the Appalachian Trail”

The Seven Year Itch: Why I Quit My Job to Hike the Appalachian Trail

In the words of Bilbo Baggins, “I’m going on an adventure!” A GREAT adventure, in fact. I’m going to hike the AT!! In case you’re unfamiliar, this means I’m embarking on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a 2,190-mile hiking trail along the Appalachian mountain range in the eastern U.S. The dreamer and adventure seekerContinue reading “The Seven Year Itch: Why I Quit My Job to Hike the Appalachian Trail”

The Land Before Time

So, I have this problem. Every winter, and I mean every winter, I get cabin fever. Real bad. To cope with said cabin fever, I book up my entire summer with mini-trips for a combination of nature, fitness and summer partying (the best kind of partying). It’s only the end of May, and I’m alreadyContinue reading “The Land Before Time”

Snowy Adventures and My Secret Spot

It’s a brand new year folks (where does the time go?!) and so far, 2017 is going swimmingly! (Again, I know there are plenty of valid fears and disappointments out there over the state of politics and our world today, but I’m keen to keep this blog about positivity and finding happiness so am goingContinue reading “Snowy Adventures and My Secret Spot”