An Introduction to the Georges
We’re Ashley & Zach George – a 26 & 28 year old married couple from Cincinnati, OH planning a NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in early March of 2017. I (Ashley – currently writing this) am a nanny of three kids (ages 2, 4, & 6) here in Cincinnati – I have a BA in Secondary Social Science Education but decided not to use it and picked a profession where I could wear sweatpants to work and make my own baby food. I’ve been with the family I work for for nearly 4 years now, and I’m going to miss those little people somethin’ fierce. Zach is an engineer for an aerospace company with a BS in Materials Engineering (from Purdue – GO Boilermakers!) and is a little more excited to say SEE YA to his current situation.
Zach and I have let the lease run out our apartment, and are currently living with some very kind, and extremely accommodating friends here in Cincinnati in order to save more money in the months leading up to our thru-hike. When the date gets closer, we’ll likely migrate up to my in-laws (Zach’s parents) in Xenia (our hometown).
Why the Appalachian Trail :
Zach and I got married last October and honeymooned in Prague. We had talked casually before this about doing something big after our wedding, but that idea didn’t really have a name. I knew of the Appalachian Trail, mainly from the normal combination of pop culture and Bill Bryson – but I started looking further into it and found the book Appalachian Trials by our main dude, Zach Davis – and I was in. After a lot of talk about what we wanted our married life to look like, we decided on the trail together, as a way to experience something new as a unit and to put our lives on the trajectory that we wanted. I can’t point to the exact day we decided to do it, it’s kind of just always felt like this was it.
The following are our combined lists of why we are hiking the AT & how we will feel if we quit our thru hike – now here for the whole internet to see:
We are thru-hiking the AT because…
- We are dissatisfied with the monotony of everyday “post-grad” life
- We think the idea of delaying adventure & enjoyment until retirement is flawed
- We are taking control of the course of our lives and shaping it into the one that we want
- We want to challenge ourselves physically & mentally
- We want to spend time with each other
- We want to create and complete a goal
- We want to spend time in nature
- Life is short, [email protected]!$ it
If we quit the AT we will…
- Feel a deep sense of shame and embarrassment
- Have failed one another
- Feel as if future goals will be called into question – “can I complete this if I quite the AT? why try?”
- Likely settle into a lifestyle/career that is not ideal upon returning
- See failures in the mirror
- Have a lack of confidence in ourselves & our ability to see a goal through to it’s completion
- Have let down everyone who supported & believed in us
We are super excited to be taking off on this journey together – we know there will be hard days, injuries and probably a bear or two – but at the end of the day, we get to do this as The Georges and that is the best part.
We’ll be posting before we leave in March hopefully about a few things – gear, prep, more background, etc. Is there anything you’d like to hear about from us? Let us know in the comments! We’re excited to share the miles with you.
Ashley (& Zach) George
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