Baptism of Appalachian Trail Rain

Sobs wracked through my chest and I tried to hold the deluge of tears and emotion. Fourteen days on trail during one of the wettest winters in Georgia history only allowed two days of reprieve from the bone-chilling precipitation. I was no stranger to living in shades of damp for weeks at at a time, but this time I had a family in the rear view mirror.

Mile after mile was not marked by romantic vistas or other hikers for days, but the countless things I wanted to tell my husband; but with no cell signal nor GPS connection for three days, all I could do was talk to God and myself. When the sun came out yesterday as I am led into Franklin, NC, I was struck with a prolific realization.

There is strength in the wreckage of our vulnerability and weakness. The glue it takes to pull ourselves back together and to continue “adulting” is the glue legends are made of.

Catch more of my journey in the rains that sent half of my tiny bubble home here:

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No rain, no pain, no Maine.Artemis on the trail

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Comments 6

  • Tammy & Eugene (Biscuit & Gravy) : Feb 27th

    I enjoy your trail updates so much. You are so inspiring. Keep the videos coming.

  • Christy Fairlie : Feb 27th

    Girl, you’re doing great. Hang in there – I hope to see you out there soon!

  • Eleanor : Feb 27th

    I live in NW Georgia, and the never ending rain has been unbelievably depressing. I can only imagine what it would be like day after day on the trail. You are one tough cookie, that’s for sure. Following you on youtube!

  • Jerry (walking fool) : Feb 28th

    Hang in there, better days are coming!!!
    I completely understand how you feel…back in 86 when I thru hiked, I had 16 straight and 20 out of 21 days of rain !!! Was mentally tough but I’m really glad I stuck with the hike. Some of my best memories come from the AT.

  • Dan (DDT) : Mar 2nd

    The first two weeks are the toughest (and then all the rain!).
    Keep pushing, you can do it.

    Dan (DDT) GA->ME 2000

  • JASH of The AT : Mar 2nd

    Tell us more about your ARMY experience.


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