Hi, everyone! I’m a 62 year old romance novelist who has decided to get out from behind my desk and do a flip-flop AT thru-hike starting in April 2017. I admit I’m both thrilled and terrified at the thought of taking on a challenge this big. I have no backpacking skills, no survival expertise, and absolutely no reason to believe I can do this other than a healthy dose of stubbornness that has always helped me succeed. I figure this will either be the adventure of a lifetime or the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. I hope you’ll cheer me along as I try to find out!
The moment has finally arrived. After an entire year of preparation, two somewhat disastrous shakedowns -- and studying every book, article and blog
Here in Maryland near South Mountain, we live in a little pocket of uncertain weather. Check half a dozen forecasts on any given day, and you'll get
We simply couldn't resist. The lure of this incredibly mild weather, combined with all the accounts we've been reading of people who have begun
I’ve never been known for moderation. When something interests me, I tend to go off the deep end, flinging myself totally into the task. So it’s
With only a short time remaining before the start of my thru-hike, I can no longer ignore the truth. The endless months of fantasizing and dreaming
For the past eight months, ever since I decided to attempt an AT thru-hike, I’ve been accumulating hiking gear. Since I tend to be somewhat anal
From what I’ve read, thru-hiking the Appalachian trail teaches us important lessons. There will be things we need to learn, aspects of our lives we
Before I get to my nomination for the Best Privy on the AT, Mid-Atlantic region. let me make one thing clear. In my opinion, nothing beats modern
If you're anything like me, the word privy probably evokes images of a nasty little outhouse with a stench so staggering you'd rather hightail it to
Plantar-fasciitis bandaging If anyone had told me a year ago that I’d post a picture of my bandaged foot on Facebook, I would have been aghast.