Hello everyone! For those who may read this and do not know me, my name is Jenny Bush and I am 23 years old. I am from the great state of Maine which ultimately led me on the path to learning about the Appalachian Trail. This 2,000+ mile walk is one of the biggest undertakings someone can attempt. I was lucky enough to be selected by The Trek to blog my experience on the Appalachian Trail. So I have made the decision to do two things I have never done before, walking over 2,000 miles and writing a blog while I do it.
Why am I voluntarily walking for 5 months straight?
There are several reasons for hiking the AT and my goal is to slowly share those reasons over the course of my hike. My goal is to shed some light on my mental health and how even before starting the trail it has made a significant impact on my life. Deciding to hike the trail has created a snowball effect for me in the best way possible. I have been able to make decisions about my future based on what I want to do and not based on what people think I should be doing. The trail has given me a new sense of freedom.
I was lucky enough to attend the Appalachian Trail Institute in early October run by Warren Doyle, the king of all things appalachian trail. Also the same institute that the famous Jennifer Pharr Davis attended so one may see why I wanted to make the trip down to Tennessee. This experience was more than anything I thought I would get from it. For those of you that know Warren, he is very straight forward about what the trail has to offer. He does not paint a pretty picture of it and is more than honest about the pain we are about to incur. This for some reason made me even more excited.
As I get into writing more blogs and into my hike, I would love to share more stories and knowledge that I received from Warren at the ATI. It is an experience that I would recommend to anyone considering attempting a thru hike.
That’s enough from me
For those of you that read my very first blog, thank you. I hope to share as much as I can during my thru-hike because I know my family and friends would like some insight on what the heck I am doing for five months.
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