It’s Cold and Wet, but the Angels Shine Bright
So I forgot to say.. .we’ve started and are halfway through Georgia!
Already the AT has been such a crazy experience and boy, have I learned so much in such a short span.
So here’s my thoughts on a few random things thus far.
The Approach Trail
Don’t discredit it. It’s definitely a lot more than I was expecting for “just the approach,” but in my opinion it’s totally worth it. I mean, what’s a few extra miles?
At first, I was afraid that I packed too many layers. But if I’m being honest, I’m so glad I packed what I did (two base layer pants, thermal shirt, and extra fleece). I sleep cold, and I have been beyond happy to carry that little extra weight for the comfort it has given me.
It’s cold and it sucks. But hey, embrace the suck, right? I naïvely believed that with my rain pants and jacket I would stay warm and dry… wrong. You’re gonna get wet, so just be prepared to deal with it.
It’s real and it’s awesome. On the third day, we hit two separate people grilling hot dogs for thru-hikers. On Blood Mountain, a lady gave us candy. When it was pouring rain, a thru-hiker’s wife was parked at a crossing giving out warm soup. It amazes me the hospitality and heart that these trail angels show, and they make the trail that much more incredible.
So yeah. My legs are a little tired, and I’m a bit sore, but I have loved this experience so far. I can totally see why everyone goes on and on about how the trail will change you. It’s already changing me.
Next stop, North Carolina.
Hasta luego friends,
(Tyler’s trying to give me the trail name Granny because I’m so cautious on descents, but hopefully it won’t stick.)
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