Patiently waiting for my start date.

I still have more than a month before I start. 37 days to be exact.

Why I wanted to do a flip flop. 

1. I wanted to finish down south. I live near the Smokies, Carvers gap is a place I’ve visited multiple of times and it would feel like I’m finishing near home.

2. Try to avoid a huge bubble. I still want to meet a lot of people, but don’t want to feel to overcrowded at shelters.

3. My husband will be able to meet me more down south. My thinking process of this was I’ll have good moral boost near the end.

4. It’s better for the environment.

5. I’ve never been on the AT pass Roan Mountain. So I’ll get to see the North in spring and summer time!! I can’t wait to swim in the lakes up north!!

Waiting for my start date!

I’ve been watching a lot of people start their journey, and also some people quit their journey.  As I try to stay present in the now, I can’t wait until I get in my car and drive up to Harpers Ferry! But I know it will be here pretty fast.

Still working is making time go by, and pet sitting also. I have less than a month at work!!! And two more times I’ll be house sitting. Once it’s my last day at work there will only be one more week left until I start!

I’ve been doing a lot of hiking and trail running to keep me busy and stay in shape. I do have a problem with going down gear rabbit holes. Switching out gear, thinking “hmm this is better than the one I have, if I buy it now it will be here by the time I leave.” It’s a horrible cycle lol!

Gear changes.

That rabbit hole is real! I’ve switched my sea to summit 1.11 lb to a Nemo Tensor Pad that’s 15 oz. My Nemo sleeping bag that was 3.9 lb is now a Hyke and byke 2.8 lb still synthetic bag. Let’s see, oh I switched my Fanny pack to a chicken tramper, and I also bought the shoulder strap pocket. And now I’m thinking about getting the Appalachian co gear alpaca fleece, when I have a perfectly good fleece! But… if I order it now it will be here by the time I leave.. ?

So you see my dilemma! I just need to stop looking at gear. I now do have everything I need, I think, and just will be patiently waiting for April to get here! Best of luck to all of class 2023!!!

Here are some picks with all my gear and the clothes I’ll be wearing for 6 months!

I’ll be posting reels and pictures on Instagram also!


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Comments 2

  • sandra Byard : Mar 9th

    I love my alpaca hoodie, but I didn’t get mine until after my thru. I also have a Chicken Tramper shoulder strap pocket, and I bought my hiking buddy their fanny pack when her old one gave out. You have good taste in gear. If I ever thru again I will also flip flop, for some of the same reasons you give. Have a blast…and try not to overthink things

    • Samantha Zabawa : Mar 9th

      Thank you!! I’m really thinking about getting the hoodie lol!!! And congrats on your thru!


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