Pre-Gaming with the Approach Trail
Today I began my pilgrimage to Mt Katahdin and like the 762 thru-hikers before me (I was number 763), I began my trek at the gateway to the approach trail. This morning, I tearfully pulled myself away from my mother’s arms (there were no tears), scaled the 606 steps of Amicalola Falls, put in some miles, summited Mt Springer, and promptly at 3:20 got right back into my mother’s car and returned to civilization and a nice clean queen-sized bed.
That’s what I imagine you’re thinking dear reader. Molly Bybee, who was supposed to be a great adventurer, spent less than a mile on the AT and decided to return to adulthood finishing that thesis of hers (just you wait, I’m going to write a whole blog about how to finish a thesis proposal – not a whole thesis mind you, just the proposal – on the trail. It’s sure to be thrilling). Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, that’s not the case.
Think of today as a pre-game before the big Appalachian Trail party tomorrow. I’m not sure if dipping your toes in is better or worse than jumping right in, but I’m not complaining about sleeping in a bed either.
The Journey from Kansas City
I began the two day journey eastward with my mother and her best friend who I lovingly refer to as ‘my moms.’ At several points this has led to some confusion as you may imagine. Anyway after some antique shopping, multiple pit stops, as always eating, and a distillery tour we arrived into Dahlonega around 10:00PM last night. I was stressed. I like to settle in. I wanted my beauty rest. Stressed me is a charm to be around (sorry moms!) I had a Come to Jesus meeting with my pack (goodbye fleece, extra shirt, and heavyish pen). Then settled in for the night.
I woke up today probably about as pleasant as the night before (again sorry moms!) We all have our pre game rituals. Some of my rowing friends get chatty, others walk around. Me? I sullenly sit in the corner try think about nothing and snap at anyone who tries to interact (totally pleasant). We made our way to the Falls. I registered as a thru hiker trying to look like I knew 100% what I was doing and then it was photo time.
I guess I should explain the sash (no it’s not coming with). I always wanted to be pageant winner, but have no desire to actually participate in a pageant. I don’t have a trail name yet for sure, but I’m thinking (mis)adventure. A family friend made me the sash. Princess for a day!!
I was prepared for the worst today. It was tough. My pack is heavy (huge surprise). However it wasn’t as awful as I had imagined, but as I said I had imagined The Worst.
Now on to bed. .8 miles complete
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