The final countdown

Here. We. Gooooooo.

After months of pouring over spreadsheets, receiving incredulous looks from friends and family, occasional stress eating, and intermittent freak-out moments, we have less than three weeks before we begin two life-changing adventures: getting married and beginning our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Hi, I’m Kara.

A few things about me: my name is Kara Booms, I am 28 years old, and I currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’m a nurse, an aunt to the three cutest kids you’ll ever see, a long distance runner, an amateur sailor, and very soon to be wife (!!!!) to Nick Saur. I like donuts, my two cats, and making Nick laugh when he’s grumpy. I have a bad habit of making short stories long.

How did we get here?

The Reader’s Digest version: everything got canceled in 2020, I’ve always wanted to get into backpacking, I bought Nick a backpack for his birthday, we started backpacking a bit, I learned that thru hiking is something that people actually do, thought it sounded neat, Nick asked me to be his best friend forever, we did a lot of planning, and here we are.

So why hike the Appalachian Trail and why do it now?

A few reasons and in no particular order:

  1. To pursue a simpler, more minimalist lifestyle.
  2. I love the mountains but live in Michigan… where there are no mountains.
  3. To keep living in a way that makes for good stories.
  4. I am kind of frightened of the outdoors after dark (not like severely, but a little bit) and living outside seems like a good way to master that fear.
  5. I honestly just really love to walk.
  6. I’m ready for the next adventure.

To answer the second question, because right now we are young, dumb, healthy, childless, houseless, and because there will never actually be a good time to go and walk for six months, so we might as well make it happen or forever wish we did.

In conclusion,

We hope that you’ll enjoy following  along with our merry (mis)adventures of newlywed life on trail. Stay tuned as we compare our expectations verses reality and laugh at ourselves along the way.

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Comments 8

  • Kelly : Mar 19th

    Looking forward to following your journey! Have fun out there!

  • pearwood : Mar 19th

    Go for it, you two crazy lovebirds!
    Steve / pearwood

  • Bunnie : Mar 22nd

    Wow , you 2 are the bomb! I can Sooo see myself in you 42 years ago!! I am a ( retired) nurse but shortly after meeting my husband-to -be on a rafting trip in Utah , a quick courtship , wedding in the Midwest , we went to Alaska to work on a friends salmon fishing operation on an island off of Kodiak Is. – it was a different interesting experience !! So glad for you 2 to “ go for it “ & move along the continuum that excites you ! Journey on !!

  • Mom : Mar 22nd

    So excited for you both and looking forward to following your story 💛

  • Anna : Mar 24th

    LOVE and obsessed with this write-up. Can’t wait to follow and make sure you are safe along the way! XOXOX

  • Phillip Perry : Mar 29th

    See you on the trail May 1!

  • Mike : Apr 15th

    This story is ALREADY GREAT and you’ve only just begun!! I admire the heck out of this journey!

  • Michael Miller : Jul 28th

    When do you think you would be hitting Massachusetts? We are trail angels to our stepson, Adam, who has hiked the Appalachian, PCT, and The Continental Divide. Would love to meet up with you with our RV.


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