The Final Countdown

It’s the final countdown and tomorrow morning I will be starting my NOBO hike and a journey of a lifetime.

My pack weighs 36lbs with food and water; about 6 lbs heavier than my goal but I’m new at this. It’s a load I’m willing to bear, but for how long? I’m not sure. I have a feeling it won’t take long to ditch a few things. I just need to find my groove.

A Mothers Love

I’m not going to say any of this has been easy but my mom definatly made it easier.

My mom stepped in, like the amazing human she is, to fill the shoes of my dads roll in my AT Thru-hike. I know it’s got to be hard to look at your daughter and say ‘Yes! Of course I’ll help you prepare to walk 1,000 miles in the woods alone’ but she did. She’ll always be there to help me chase my dreams no matter how ridiculous.

Mom drove up from St. Augustine to Nashville, TN to help me finish packing and take me to the Mountain. What was supposed to be a two day affair turned into five. The weather on my start date consisted of 8 states under tornado watches and the following day snow. My mom encouraged me to push my date back two more days and I’m glad she did.

New Friends, Fathers and Trail Magic

So today Mom and I provided a little trail magic to a new friend who came into my life through destiny, or fate, or whatever you want to call it.

Bobert or ‘Red Bull’ as he is called on the trail was a fellow shipmate on the Flogging Molly Cruise last month that my husband and I attended. We didn’t meet on the ship but were connected through a mutual friend on the ship.

Boberts dad and my dad both passed away last year and we’re both hiking in their memories. Not just for them but for us. The past year has been the loneliest, agonizing and most trying year I could imagine and it’s comforting to find someone who is in a similar almost identical place.

Bobert started 5 days ago and with my weather delay it just so worked out that Bobert and his group would be staying at Blood Mountain Cabins the night before I start my hike so we arranged a little trail magic. Pizza and beer. Hopefully it’s good juju for my hike.


So finally after a two week and two day delay, hours

upon hours of prepping, I will be started on my hike in less than 12 hours. I miss my husband, I miss my cat but TGIF so I can finally start my hike.





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