Tag! I’m It
Good Friends Make All the Difference
Off to an amazing start. All the support I received just to get on the plane is heartwarming. Then to have a newfound friend in Georgia, who lives close to the trail, who is also thru-hiking soon, AND host us upon arrival is invaluable. Thanks, Jill! Off to REI for a gas can and a few other upgrade items. Rigging a bladder hose to my water bottle needs to be trail tested but I think it will increase my hydration immensely. My send-off friend, Freeman, was a wise choice. Cool, calm, and collected. Lists and emotions checked.
Bag It, Tag It
AT camp was easy and great to meet a few other thru-hikers. To be honest, I did fall into a bit of Hunger Games mentality wondering who will make it to Katahdin. But I quickly skipped back into the groove – we all will! Freeman and I hiked to top of the falls and back, then to the Lodge. Highly recommend this option if you can. Good night’s rest was essential. The final pack was easier than expected…20th time’s a charm?
It’s Not a Race
Being competitive is the norm in Steamboat Springs, CO—home to more Olympians than anywhere in the USA. It is also an extremely supportive, tight-knit community that cares for all its people. This balance to do my personal best while also being a good member of the trail tribe is the spirit I hope to embody while on the AT.
Next update Days 1 – 3.
MamaP on the AT 😀
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