Gail Barrett

Hi, everyone! I’m a 63-year old romance novelist whose thru-hike was derailed by injuries last year. Now I'm back, inching my way along the remainder of the trail because, apparently, I'm too stubborn (or foolhardy) to give up. I hope you’ll join me on my trek.

Posts

Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

I mentioned in my last post that on the  Appalachian Trail nothing seems to go as planned. Every week is full of surprises -- some funny, some

May 15, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Major Tom to Ground Control…

Major Tom to Ground Control…

If there's one thing I've learned from this hike so far, it's that I am not in control. I can't stop people from getting injured. I can't change the

May 9, 2017 : Gail Barrett
From Deli Hopping to the Agony Grind: A Wild Hike through New York

From Deli Hopping to the Agony Grind: A Wild Hike through New York

  I've got to hand it to New York. There is nothing mundane about hiking through this flamboyant state. Unconventional, sure. But boring? Not

May 6, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Snickers Bars to the Rescue – Trail Magic Does the Trick

Snickers Bars to the Rescue – Trail Magic Does the Trick

I've never cared for Snickers Bars. In fact, I doubt I've eaten more than a few of them in my entire life. But as odd as it may seem, some trail

Apr 26, 2017 : Gail Barrett
How Low Can We Go? A Not-So-Fun-Week on the AT

How Low Can We Go? A Not-So-Fun-Week on the AT

If you're hoping for an upbeat post about thru-hiking, this isn't it. This is an honest assessment of the rather brutal week we've had. Here's

Apr 20, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Pee-wee Herman and Machine Gun Fire – the Highs and Lows of Our Second Week on theTrail

Pee-wee Herman and Machine Gun Fire – the Highs and Lows of Our Second Week on theTrail

What a week! Each day seems like an eternity on the trail, packed with so many unusual experiences that it's impossible to sum them all up.  But here

Apr 12, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Deer Legs and Hiker Rage – a Recap of Week One

Deer Legs and Hiker Rage – a Recap of Week One

I knew that this hike would be painful.  I knew that I'd be exhausted, although I still vastly underestimated the difficulty of hauling a 27 lb. pack

Apr 6, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Coping with the Countdown – The Frantic, Last-Minute Preparations for an Imminent Thru-Hike

Coping with the Countdown – The Frantic, Last-Minute Preparations for an Imminent Thru-Hike

The moment has finally arrived.  After an entire year of preparation, two somewhat disastrous shakedowns -- and studying every book, article and blog

Mar 21, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Learning the Hard Way (Lessons from another not-so-successful shakedown hike)

Learning the Hard Way (Lessons from another not-so-successful shakedown hike)

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

Mar 8, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Not a Happy Camper (Lessons Learned from an Aborted Shakedown Hike)

Not a Happy Camper (Lessons Learned from an Aborted Shakedown Hike)

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

Mar 1, 2017 : Gail Barrett