We’re Alive! And we’ve hiked 273 miles!
First, let me apologize for the lack of blog posting in the last month – it can be hard to make this a priority on town days when all we want to do is eat and sleep. We’ve been on trail for a little over a month now, and we’re currently zeroing in Hot Springs, North Carolina at mile 273.
We’re learning a lot out here – about each other, about our physical and mental limits, and about the area that we’re hiking in. Everyday is new and different, and I think that’s my favorite part about being out here. The date or day of the week might slip your mind (because they aren’t really pertinent most of the time), but there is no sudden passing of time – you’re aware of every day and how it is different than the one before.
We’ve also met some really amazing people on the trail, our friends Lumberjack, Adele, Drankles, Twinkletoes, Jerky-Thief, Ladypants, Michael, Kit-Kat & Charge – just to name a few we’ve been with lately (shoutout to Lumberjack who we’ve been with since day one). It’s been such a joy to meet people with such different stories and backgrounds all out here to figure it out in the woods.
Some highlights from the last 273 miles have been :
the climb up Albert Mountain to the 100 mile mark
a memorable night in a “cabin” (trailer) with the tramily (trail family) at the NOC
the smokies – which were beautiful and rugged, but also terrifying due to some intense winter weather and some sunday tourists at clingmans dome
the views and a lunch break at Max Patch have been our favorite so far
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