I've been a part of the Appalachian Trail community for over 13 years and have over 7,000 trail miles accumulated throughout my hiking career. In 2015 I attempted a thru-hike on the AT, making it just under 1,400 miles before running out of funds and returning home. Though I didn't reach my goal of Mt. Katahdin, I got exactly what I needed from the trip- the enlivenment, empowerment and sense of freedom and self realization that can only be gained by living out of a backpack in the woods for several months. In 2016 I started all over- back at Springer Mountain, with a bit more cash and a lot more wisdom. The seven months that followed were the most magical of my existence and taught me more about life than I could have ever imagined possible. I was successful in reaching Mt. Katahdin and in further developing wisdom that can only be gained by extended time in nature. My writings serve to share this wisdom and these experiences with you.