Tennessee-North Carolina-Tennessee..where am I?!
The AT criss crosses the NC/TN border for miiiiilessssss. And ya know, the days are flying by out here. It’s weird, collectively they are flying by, but the days themselves are long. Thru-hiking is not for the faint of heart. It takes grit. And I do not say that to toot my own horn. Haha. Seriously though, most mornings I am putting damp clothes, socks and shoes on. It’s gross. I’m gross. I smell bad. Really bad. And it’s okay.
There are tricks, like sleeping with your damp clothes in your bag so that your body heat dries them overnight. But everything is usually damp. Then I breakdown camp, have coffee and breakfast, pray for good weather, and then hike for 10-12 hours, set up camp, hang a bear line, eat dinner and pass out. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. For 2193.1 miles…of mostly smiles 🙂 ‘Cause the reward is so sweet. Those views. The bonds within the hiking community. The sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Waking up in the morning. The sunsets. All of it. Okay most of it. It’s so sweet.
I’m so lucky. And grateful. And ya know what, I’m so proud of myself for making it happen. I know that when my heart calls me to do something, it’s up to me to make it happen. One step at a time, lots of insight into how others have done it, and then go do it.
I’m trying my best to live by that. My old friend Swedish Fish taught me that. Many years ago, I was so jealous of her travels and adventures and I told her I was envious and she said, ‘well go do it’. And I did. Those four words changed my life. Funny how a person can have such influence over a life’s trajectory. ☺️
I’d love to make this blog interactive, so if you have specific questions regarding thru-hiking the AT please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them in future posts.
P.S. Enjoy the pics!
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