Today is filled with excitement! I have made it one month on the trail! I am still excited by the prospect of what is around the next bend or the view from the next rise. To celebrate my time on the trail I spent a moment and flipped through my AWOL trail guide, using a pencil to mark up the pages with notes on my journey. As days pass you fall into the routine; wake up, pack up your gear, poop, make breakfast, pee, hit the trail, eat, hike, hike, eat, pee, eat, set up camp, pee, eat, pee, and sleep, It’s hard to pick out the moment you saw an incredible view or paused to take a picture of a snail on the trail. These are memories I want to keep fresh.
A quick idea of what I’ve accomplished in the past month:
-Crossed into 3 of the 14 states the AT travels through
-Hiked more than 200 miles
-Have less than 2000 miles to reach Katahdin, Maine
-Summited the highest peak on the AT, Clingmans Dome, 6,655′
-Completed a 17 mile slack pack
-Made it up a 3000′ elevation gain in 6 miles
-Crossed through the Great Smoky Mountain National Forest
-Guided a raft trip down the Nantahala
-Combined some interesting food, seen even odder combinaions made
-Experienced amazing “trail magic”
Am living life and enjoying every second of it! So happy to have celebrated my birthday on the trail!