Heading down south to the land of the pines

The title was a blatant steal from Bob Dylan (don’t sue me).

Am I prepared? I think so? Am I nervous? I think so? The pack is weighing in around 30 pounds. A little more then I wanted, but I need those extra few pop tarts and I couldn’t leave the neck pillow behind (edit: the neck pillow got left behind).

Now to some serious talk. Over the past few weeks I have realized how great my family and friends really are. Everyone has been super supportive and I really do appreciate every bit of it. So kudos to me for finding great friends and being born into a loving family. Proof, this cake that my Aunt got for me. image

So details for all who want those: flying to Atlanta at 5:40 Sunday Morning (April 3rd) Getting a ride to Amicalola Lodge (thanks Josh). Staying the night at the lodge. Start hiking first thing Monday morning (April 4th).



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Comments 7

  • Brad Blake : Apr 3rd

    Alan, Godspeed to you! Best of luck on this endeavor. I am a classmate to your Dad from Lincoln, Maine. I started hiking at Baxter State Park, your ultimate destination on this quest. You are doing what I aspired to do, so I will live your adventure vicariously. For a number of years I lived near Bethel, Maine and in a decade or so, I systematically knocked off every mile of NH & ME on the AT plus segments of the trail in every state from Maine to West Virginia. I look forward to your blog and stay healthy & kind along the trail. Just maybe I will meet up with you when you get into NH or Maine and hike a section with you!

    • Alan : Apr 3rd

      Brad, thank you for the kind words. I’m holding you to hiking with me in NH or ME. Looking forward to it.


  • Lisa Troast : Apr 3rd

    Alan!!! You better be safe!! You know you are our favorite Auditor here in Sutton!! Im going to follow your blog, so I know when you are in MA! We’ll meet up with you in Western MA and hike a section of the trail with you. (I’ll be sure to bring whiskey and snickers!!!) Have a blast! You are a really cool guy (even if you do write mean management letters about my dept 😉 haha! Just kidding! Talk soon! Lisa Troast

  • Lee Kubishta : Apr 4th

    Alan – step one, day one…thinking of you today!!! Enjoy. Lee

  • Ethan : Apr 4th

    What pack are you using?

  • Bobbi : Apr 5th

    Doesn’t look like Dakota knows she’s not going? Hope you packed lots of Moleskin 🙂 Happy trails!!


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