Every Day Is Christmas Eve

Imagine how you felt as a kid on Christmas Eve. The excitement, anticipation, and restlessness. Now imagine that same feeling extended over the course of five months. That’s how I’ve been feeling ever since I pulled the trigger and committed to my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. While there are still some hikers out on the trail finishing their adventures, mine has just begun, and prepare for the word vomit my excitement may produce. I won’t say my “why” for hiking is anything inspiring or unique, so I won’t really go into that yet. I’ll just touch on a couple of random points to introduce myself.

The Basics

I love to hike! Don’t we all? If not, you’re probably ridiculously bored at work right now to have found your way here, in which case, me too. I am what you’d call a non-driver. I don’t have my license, much less a car. That being said, I get a strange amount of satisfaction from getting myself everywhere I need to be just fine without driving myself (thank you, Lyft/Uber). If I get hyped up on riding my bike 30 miles just to go out to eat, imagine where my ego will be if I make it all the way to Katahdin, I’m so sorry. I’ll also definitely be no closer to getting my license (sorry, mom).

Besides my non-drivingness, I am from THE Greatest City in America, Baltimore. I wear sweaters in the summer and shorts in the winter. I have worn a watch on my left wrist every day since I was 12 and I listen to the Lord of the Rings audiobook every night to fall asleep. Anything more about me will hopefully be revealed as I begin my hike and figure it out for myself! 

What I’m Leaving Behind

I feel very fortunate to be in a place in my life where the sacrifices I have to make to take on this adventure are minimal and mostly monetary. The job I left was a research fellowship that only guaranteed two years of employment, so leaving after one year is commonplace. I’m young and have no children or a significant other to make me feel guilty for leaving. I have recently moved back home with my parents to save money, and I’m sure they’ll actually be happy to get me out of the house for a few months. Being a recent college graduate, my friends are scattered around the county, and if anything, I may see more of them during my hike then I do currently.

While it might seem like I could have just answered this question by saying “nothing,” there are a few things close to me I’m leaving behind. I am a secret homebody. I love nothing more than bingeing sci-fi shows and slothing it up at home. Despite my love of activities like hiking and biking, leaving behind the safe space I have carved out for myself is huge and something I’m really trying to mentally prepare for. I’ve made staying in my comfort zone an art form. But I’m getting older now and I feel like the trail is the perfect excuse for me to push myself out of the nest.

March 2020 can’t come soon enough!

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Comments 1

  • Turtle : Oct 3rd

    I like the post I totally have the Christmas Eve thing going on too. I am starting earlier but as my trail name suggests you may catch up to me. Look forward to seeing you out there.


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