The Whole Thing?!

Yes, the whole thing.

Most people I talk to about actually heading out to hike the Appalachian Trail can’t wrap their heads around the idea. It is certainly something that I can understand if you’re not into hiking or the outdoors, but hiking the Appalachian Trail is literally at the top of my bucket list and has been for a while.

Though, the more I sit here and think about hiking the whole thing the more I’m in awe that hiking the AT is right around the corner. It has been since I first witnessed and experienced thru hikers atop Mount Washington when I was six years of age. After 20 some odd years of dreaming about this thru hike it is finally on the horizon.

Over the years the dream of hiking the AT has grown into something much more than checking something off my bucket list. It’s more than just walking from Georgia to Maine. It’s more than not having any responsibilities for a few months. It truly is about doing the whole thing. It’s about meeting new people, seeing new things, getting dirty and stinky, it’s about seeing life differently, it’s about overcoming challenges, it’s about taking a break from life, it’s about whatever reason you’re doing it for.

But why not do the whole thing? Why not? Right now doing the whole thing for me means hiking the AT, and I understand that isn’t for everyone, but do the whole thing even if it means finding a new career, getting your pilots license, or becoming the worlds best basket weaver. There is more to every journey than the title. You just have to do the whole thing to find out.

Happy Trails! #Erockwalks


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Comments 1

  • Nichole Young : Jan 26th

    I laughed when I saw your title. “The whole thing??” is something I hear a lot too 🙂


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