Turtle Power! My AT Thru-hiking Mantra
As an 80’s/90’s kid I’ve always wanted to be a Ninja Turtle. Now, on the brink of a 2018 Appalachian Trail NOBO thru-hike, I feel like I’m finally about to live that dream.
Check it out:
1. There will be no shortage of Master Splinters(rats, mice).
2. Pizza will be an obsession, no doubt.
3. I’ll be carrying my house on my back.
4. I say things like “rad” and “gnarly” already.
5. I will smell like a sewer, which is pretty close to living in one.
6. (Bonus) I actually have a friend named April planning to meet up for a section hike.
The scenic route.
I’m hoping to have more of a “Turtles in Time” (despite it being a terrible movie) experience over a “Secret of the Ooze” affair…(I don’t think I need to clarify that any further.)
I’m really stoked to take my time with the AT. I leave mid-March and my ideal finish date is a relative couple of weeks before Baxter State Park closes Katahdin; October 1st seems like a good time to be done. Anything that happens in between March and October is a mystery to me and I’m super excited about that mystery. Most of my prep has gone into fine tuning gear and shake down hikes. Beyond that I am not planning. I will hike every trail mile. But, I’ll also be exploring blue blazes and chillin’ at swimming holes. You won’t find me rushing to abide by an itinerary. No way, dude! Turtle Power!
The part where I stop talking about TMNT.
The concept of waking up everyday in a new place and taking a step I’ve never taken before is something I want to savor. (Note to self) Remind me of this when it’s been raining for 3 days and my shoes are eternally wet. 🙂
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