I Have No Idea Why I Am Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I want to hike the Appalachian Trail because I want to find myself, connect with nature, meet my soul mate, and film a cool documentary. All the while, setting the speed record and also having a beer in each town. 

But really.

I have no idea why I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail and I’m nearly in denial that I’m hiking at all. Is that normal? Please tell me it is…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally committed to this hike. I’ve been busy planning for 6 months. I’ve purchased all of the gear and weighed it down to the ounce. My evenings consist of  obsessing over documentaries on YouTube from previous hikers (shout to Homemade Wanderlust). And I even have my tent set up in my living room where I admittedly hang out and even sleep in it some nights. 

Though, when I tell my family and friends that I’m hiking the AT in April and they ask me “Why?” I pause and ask myself the same question. I then look like an idiot when I have no answer. 

Don’t worry, I’ve managed to come up with a buffer response… “to connect with nature and challenge myself”. 

“Why am I hiking the Appalachian Trail?”  To answer this itching question, I went on an intense, solo 18 mile hike in Southern California this weekend….. Here’s what I came up with:

  • Eat a ton of food while having a banging bod

In my utopian world, I’d be able to eat as much as I wanted while having a banging bod. I mean, who wouldn’t want this!? I’m officially exhausted of working 9-5 at my sedentary job, counting my calories on MyFitnessPal, then working out for 1.5 hours late at night to maintain this fit lifestyle. Well, well, well…. my little utopian dream just so happens to exist along the AT! I’m so ready to walk this hard thru-hiking body into the nearest town to buy a pint of guilt free Ben & Jerry’s. Is that so much to ask for? 

  • I need to detox from technology

I’ve been known to obsess over technology and care a bit too much about what people think of me online. While running a personal blog, Instagram account, and working full-time for a technology company… I spend around 55 hours a week shifting my eyes from a television, smartphone, and laptop. It’s exhausting and ya girl needs a break! The trail will give me the mental break I need to decrease my technology consumption. 

  • To challenge myself mentally and physically

Despite my sedentary lifestyle from my 9-5 job, I actively make an effort to hit the gym 4-5 times a week and immerse myself to the outdoors on the weekends. I crave physical and mental challenges whether it be from my career or from pushing myself up a mountain. The trail will give me a chance to push my body and mind to peaks and pits it’s never experienced. 

  • I’ll regret not hiking the trail 

A long distance hike is on my bucket list, and if I don’t try to complete one, then I’ll forever regret it. Did that sound dramatic? 😉 I’m a goal oriented person, and right now completing the trail is on my list of things to accomplish and/or dominate. The only thing that will stand in my way now is a physical injury which (knock on wood) I pray does not occur. 

Well, it only took 6 months of serious thought, but I’m so glad I finally have my reasons for why I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail. 

I’m curious to know, do we share any of the same reasons for hiking? 

Photo Courtesy CarissaHearts Instagram

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