Hi, my name is Brenda Whaley. I'm a 60 year old mother, grandmother, retired teacher, dog lover, bike rider and thru-hiker wannabe! Happily retired and living an active life, Larry my husband of 43 years, and I were looking for a little more action than breaking in the porch rockers. What could be more in tune with that idea than hiking 2,189.2 miles on the Appalachian Trail? We moved to Piedmont, Alabama next to the Chief Ladiga Bike Trail where we ride our bikes on an average of 100 miles a week. We found that The Pinhoti Hiking Trail connects with the bike trail. Having hiked the AT approach trail to Springer Mountain in Georgia our interest was peaked, so to speak. We will begin our flip/flop thru-hike adventure April 2016.
Rested, well fed and clean we're ready to get back on the trail 1.6 miles away from the hotel. We had a few items we were mailing home so to
From Fingerboard Shelter to Fort Montgomery
Fingerboard Shelter had been our nights home where we tented after a long hard but gratifying day of hiking. We rose early to begin the
Back on the trail after some difficulty and rewarded with the best weather and trail conditions so far! Happy to be here! Larry and I met at High
Rain to Maine
We had a great time hiking into Duncannon Pa. where we met and spent time with Bob Rogers and Michaela Canaday. We stayed at the Famous Doyle Hotel
Trail Magic of a Different Kind
Days 5-7 April 21 day 5 on the trail: Stayed at the Cobblestone Hotel in Waynesboro Pa. last night. Laundry was ready for the washer. We went to
OH MY GOODNESS…….!!!!!!
Picked up a rental car for a one way drive to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It's been almost a year of preparation and now our adventure is in full
And Now We Wait
Larry and I have no special reason for attempting an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. We just decided we'd give it a try because we can and want
Progress? We’ll See.
Preparation..... Preparation seems to be in slow motion, we've now shifted to getting prepared mentally to hike the Appalachian Trail. Packages
BAMA BLUE BLAZE
PREFACE The Alabama Pinhoti Trail is not a trail for the weak of heart. It has some real challenges with many rewards along it's 171.2 miles. It
The Difficulities of Water
Getting a consensus with your hiking partner. My hiking partner is also my husband of 43 years. That being said, have you ever heard the term