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Let the trail begin!

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Every step taken brings me further from society and into the wilderness.  I am here.  There is so much to be said and no way to say it.  The trail is nothing like I expected and everything I’d dreamed of.  Within the first mile I was a fish out of water, gasping to fill my oxygen deprived lungs with air. Slow and steady got me up the mountain and on with my journey.

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Bear bags hung in morning mist on Springer Mountain

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A good day of hiking leaves a tired puppy

I met amazing people within hours of getting on trail.  An older gentleman and I  got to talking while hiking down Springer Mt, it turns out he went through high school in Portsmouth, NH, with my uncles. I came all the way to GA to meet someone who grew up with my family.
I’ve seen remarkable people leave within days. The first two were a wonderful couple from CT,  personal health and the reality of the physical strain the trail puts on your body ended their journey on day two.  Another three left on day three, all for the same reasons.  Day five brought news that Ranger, a 74 year old had also decided to call it after pushing through some rugged terrain.

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Ranger hiking on a misty morning

Star has taken to the trail like it’s where she was born.  Every morning she waits by the trailhead while I pack my bag.  Her love for the mountains is clear,  she can’t wait to know what lies around the next corner or over the next peak.  She has also developed the “hiker appetite” and she will eat everything!  Loves her meal topper of Thrive from The Honest Kitchen.

I have found beauty in the mountains that surround me.

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Forest mist

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9 thoughts on “Let the trail begin!

  1. Very nice Erin. I enjoy reading about your travels.

  2. You Go Girl!!!! Dad

  3. Erin!
    I am so proud of you! All of your training and preparation has paid off! Slow but stead wins the race! Keep blogging and posting pictures on Facebook so we can journey with you! God speed!!
    Uncle Jere

  4. It is soooooooooooo great to hear from you! I couldn’t be happier that you are finding just what you went looking for and more 🙂 We are dying to know who this mysterious person was that went to school with your uncles – how funny is that!? I hope he didn’t hold it against you 🙂

    We are busily planning our trip south and will have to see what we can coordinate – we’d love to connect and offer a non-dehydrated meal and hot shower to a weary through hiker!

    Love you,
    ~ Sue

  5. You’ve given me chills of joy, lady. I’m so very proud of you, and more than a little in awe. The girls are doing fine, more than happy to spend their days in their house, and their evenings in our arms or playing fetch on Sawyer’s bed. Thanks so much for entrusting them to us, and for taking on this adventure! We love you! ~Hil, Tris and Soybean

  6. Love that last picture you titled forest mist. Very serene! Glad you and star are doing so well! Love to see your posts.

  7. So exciting to read your blog! thanks for sharing and love the pictures….. keep safe! you are thought of and are in my prayers for safe travels!

  8. Awesome to see you on your way! Like I said, hit me up when you’re in the whites and maybe we can meet up for a few miles. This is Rachael who works at Lamprey, by the way.

  9. 3P from SMS hopes you are doing well! Such an amazing journey to follow!

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