All That and a Bag of Chips!

Hi, Y’all!  We are counting down days until we step foot on the Appalachian Trail.  Eeeek!   As promised, attached are the ever-changing gear lists.  As a matter of fact, after doing a 10-mile hike on a South Florida Spring Day (read that as hot), changes were made today.  And any radical changes will be made in Gatlinburg at the REI there.

We chose REI as our go-to source because of their customer-oriented return policy.  So, for example, if we decide to change from our two-tent system to a single-tent, it is within the REI guidelines and from what REI verbally stated doable.  REI made the prep work for this adventure almost Pat proof.  It’s as if the whole store is cheering for us.

Because we are hiking together, we get to divide some of the weight and gear.  For example, Pat is carrying the cookware items and I am carrying the first aid/toiletries.  So, if you do not see a particular item on his, it is probably on mine; or has probably been forgotten.  The number of things we have done right the first time?  Zero.

After countless hours researching terms like thru-hike, female urinals, chafing, catholes, Smartwool, possum hair, #cottonisrotten, etc., we present to you our gear list.  Thanks to for this great free service!

His Gear List

Her Gear List

So, What Does it Weigh?

That is the question asked to all hikers, even us as we walk around our neighborhood.   Pat’s base weight is 21.55.   My base weight is 16.95, but this will change as I will be adding an ultralight quilt and medicine.

Side note:  Daily, we watch the weather change on Springer, check out  In doing so our original thoughts of what may be necessary have changed, gone are the snow mitten, in with cheap gloves.

Newbie Observations

It does not take long to get addicted to hiking gear.

Today’s Perspective

Life is all about how you handle Plan B.


Thank you for reading.

Love and Happy Hiking,

Pat and Paula

P.S.  We love you, Cooper Adam!  The Woolly Worm picture is for you.  (Cooper is 2.5 years old.  His Momma and Daddy share our posts and pictures with him at bedtime.  He is pure JOY)


Woolly Worm

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Comments 6

  • Barbara Kraemer : Mar 26th

    What do I think? I think now that I found out where I can write comments to you, we shall become Appalachian Trail Pen pals. I am looking forward to following your adventures, and photos! A picture tells a thousand words and your photography is beautiful. Happy Trails to you.

    • Pat & Paula : Mar 26th

      Hi Barb and Bill,
      Thank you for following along. We just love y’all!

      Paula and Pat

  • Miss Pam : Mar 31st

    I’ll sure miss our daily good mornings at the corner, but I’m excited to follow your journey thru this blog. Travel safely, have fun, and Godspeed.

    • Pat & Paula : Apr 6th

      Ditto Pam and Thanks!

  • Kristi Dowty : Apr 5th

    What an adventure! Can’t wait to live vicariously through you both! Hugs!!

    • Pat & Paula : Apr 6th

      Indeed. Tap, Tap, Tap


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