Where It All Begins
Who is She
My name is Emilee and I come from a small town in Western Mass. Recently I graduated college with my Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and have become an engineer in training. Leading up to my thru-hike I have been spending the majority of my time working and spending as much time as I can with my boyfriend, Jake, and our two lovely pups, Freyja and Reese. I love spending my time outdoors hiking, skiing, and going for road trips in my 1999 Chevy conversion van, also known as Big Blue.
Why the AT
Growing up I spent most of my time outdoors and always loved family hiking trips to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Naturally with this love for the outdoors I watched the movie Into the Wild and I was hooked. Although a tragic story in the end, I always admired Alex McCandless for his ability to go against the grain and seek out what he truly wanted in life. Each time I watched that movie it left me longing for a change of pace, some sort of grand adventure. Flashforward a few years to when I was in high school, my mom discovered the Appalachian trail and she began to dream about thru-hiking it one day. Her obsession soon turned into mine and now after graduating college the time has finally come where I get to make my dream a reality.
The Hard Truth
The initial plan was to bring my dog Reese with me on the trail. I had spent hours researching gear, training, and reaching out to others who have successfully finished thru-hikes with their dogs in order to prepare Reese and I with what was to come. This past summer we did a little shakedown hike on the AT to test out our gear and it went awesome. However, when we went on a winter shakedown a few weeks ago to test out the colder temps it did not go as planned. For a variety of reasons I had to make the tough decision to leave Reese at home. I am so thankful this happened on a shake down and not within the first couple days on trail, I don’t know if my emotions would have been able to handle all that so early on.
So that is about it. I can’t wait for everyone to follow along with me on my journey as I begin the Appalachian trail. I will be starting at the end of March on my 23rd birthday because how else should I celebrate than taking a really really long walk.
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