One Step Closer
Welcome to my first post! It’s a bit surreal to finally be starting my blog for the AT and getting one step closer to Springer Mountain.
I’ve been dreaming of hiking the Appalachian Trail since I was a little one, and more seriously for the past two years. It begins to feel more and more real with every step.. buying gear, doing research, reading blog posts from former thru-hikers, and perhaps most importantly, convincing my family and friends that it’s a good idea.
Convincing myself was quite easy– I have a million reasons why I want to do it, but the only one that matters for me is that it feels right. All signs point to the mountains, and I am one firm believer in following the signs (or blazes) the universe gives me. This is not, however, as comforting a reason for my worried parents and loved ones, I’ve discovered. The gist of the matter is this: I have graduated college with a Bachelor of Science and a good GPA, I have solid plans for graduate school and a successful career. I am passionate about learning and hopefully making a difference in my world one day, but right now I’m young and I’m impatient. I have no desire to settle in any kind of way and I especially do not want to push off any adventures until I’m retired and old.
This is what I want to spend my precious time doing– hiking until my legs, feet, and shoulders are beyond tired and then doing it all over again the next day, pushing up steep terrain to break out into a bald where I can see for miles over the mountaintops, walking through the rain for days on end– totally soaked and probably miserable, sleeping in the fresh air every night, discovering who I really am and reveling in every moment– the good and bad.
I hope you follow me on my journey and maybe even join me at some point– all are welcome!
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