I want to start this post by saying that I am not a strong writer.
Now that we are more familiar with each other, I want to shout out to all of the 2017 (and really every) Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. This was a tough year; it was extremely wet, from snowstorms to hot summer rains, and I met many people who had combatted Lyme’s, severe injuries, and other life-altering events while on the trail. I want to let all of the thru-hikers I met and the thru-hikers that are reading this know that you are an incredible human being. Whether you made it that 2,198.8 miles by foot or not, the act of saying “I’m going to hike the Appalachian Trail,” or any trail, and putting forth the effort to do so, is a major achievement in itself.
I’ll leave you with a few more words. Life is a crazy, wild ride, especially with everything that’s happened recently in our country. I don’t know about you, but now more than ever I feel like I couldn’t imagine not living every day to the fullest. I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to hike southbound from Maine to New York thus far; exploring the most beautiful sights New England has to offer. I’m even more thankful for the people I’ve met and been enchanted by along the way. From the Omelet Man in New Hampshire (we all know him) to strangers who have invited me into their homes for a meal and a shower, I’ve been witness to the most sincere kindness and love by other hikers and other humans just living out their daily lives. I made a video outlining my boyfriend (Sunshine/Chris) and I’s adventure because words can’t do this trail justice. We’ve hiked from Maine to New York (733.4 miles) and I’ve tried to capture our moments of awe in this video. I hope it makes you recall your own thru-hike or inspires you to plan your own. Mostly, I just hope it makes you smile. We need more of that right now.
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