Operation AT 2019 Artemis; T-Minus 23 Days
What is Operation Appalachian Trail 2019 Artemis? I recently reflected upon the sheer madness and frantic efforts to ready myself and household before my thru-hike. I clearly remember forlornly wallowing in having to endure three long months before starting; now I am at an eye-popping three weeks. If I allow myself to think about the magnitude of the journey, I get nauseous. The nerves are not from chickening out and doubts, but the realization that I am not coming home unless I am broken beyond repair or there is a family emergency. So, I focus on the to-do list and making myself work out instead of enjoying the last days of a comfortable bed. Here are some of the things I am racing to accomplish before Feb. 10. Operation Appalachian Trail 2019 Artemis
Operation Appalachian Trail 2019 Artemis Checklist
- Find a new tent at the last minute after mine started to leak once more.
- Open up a new credit card to max out for new tent
- Gather a boatload tax season documents.
- Clean up the hiking gear shelf and label everything in case I need an item sent to me on the trail.
- Double check my five resupply boxes and their contents because I found a coffee creamer in my baggie of tampons.
- Take the fake Christmas tree down. Yes, it is Jan. 17.
- Clean the house down to the last baseboard and hand my husband the name of a maid he needs to use before I come home.
- Buy in bulk the items I know my son and husband will need, like laundry detergent, dish detergent, Clorox. See my cleaning theme here?
- Prepay the lawn guy.
- Teach my husband my spreadsheet system for household bills after scheduling payments for the next six months.
- Test my tent yet again because I had new holes pop up and come up with a plan B if I need to replace it.
- Enroll my son in his AP class tests.
- Make sure my son passes his driver’s tests for his license.
- Book rooms at certain hotels along the trail.
- Film my giveaway video with questions and answers.
- Continue with my 4 by 4 Norway interval training until a week prior.
- Buy all new hiking clothes again; because I dropped another ten pounds this month.
- Give a copy of AWOL to my husband and teach him my resupply spreadsheet in case I want to keep with the routine after the first month.
- Finish writing in my inspiration book full of reasons to finish the trail and mantras to keep me inspired (I will show it on my next video).
When the Excitement Begins
Starting Feb. 16 my first trail blog and vlog will go live at 8 p.m. ET and every Saturday night at the same time thereafter. My videos and blogs will have a delay to protect my safety while on the trail. If there is a missing blog or video, check out my Instagram or Facebook for any impacts to the schedule. There is no need to plug into both because I will update Instagram, which directly feeds Facebook. For major, earth-shattering announcements, sign up for the newsletter on my website.
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