Why I Want to Hike the Appalachian Trail
Because I am crazy? That might be my best response. I am a person who has camped their whole life, but in progressively cushier ways. I started out in a canvas tent, car camping with my family. We upgraded to a pickup camper when I was 12 and a small motor home by the time I reached adulthood. I did do some limited backpacking on the AT with my Girl Scout troop. Mostly I made my dad carry my gear. My husband and I did a one night trip on the AT in the 1980s. We forgot the tent poles and couldn’t find a level place to set up between trees. We spent the night sliding down to the ends of our air mattresses and were so exhausted the next morning it was no wonder we allowed a ruffed grouse to scare us off the trail.
So after a 30+ year hiatus I am picking up a pack to walk into the woods for six months. I need to prove to myself that I can overcome my fear of bears and being alone. I want to accomplish something that I can brag about to my future grandkids and the others in the assisted living facility. It sucks getting old but this Boomer is not ready to hang up her boots just yet. Remember, the first woman to successfully thru-hike the AT was Grandma Gatewood and I plan to follow in her impressive sneaker prints. See you in the woods!
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