Heyo! I’m Fortune Cookie. Beginning in late March I’ll be NOBO thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. When I reach the summit of Katahdin, I’ll check the AT off my bucket list. I look forward to what the trail and her hikers will teach me. Here's to learning, growing, and changing for the better. The day-jobs I’m leaving behind for six months are part-time newspaper reporter, weekly columnist, and part-time sales at an art gallery. When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, beach glassing, chasing waterfalls and catching up on sleep.
The First 30 Miles
I understand why many aspiring thru-hikers don’t make it any farther than Neels Gap at mile 31.3 on the AT. But let me go back to mile
Thru-Hike Prep Timeline
I’m leaving for the trail soon. How the heck did two years of planning come down to a matter of days? I thought I’d share a timeline of what I did
The Shakedown Hike
If you're on the fence about whether long-distance hiking is for you, plan a shakedown hike. A “shakedown” hike is basically a long-ish hike where
What’s in a Trail Name?
Trail names. If you’re on the trail you need one. If you don’t have one, you want one. But, what’s the big deal? The big deal Chances are we're
An Appalachian Trail Reading List
Every now and then links to “Books EVERYONE Must Read” make the rounds on social media. My AT reading list is not one of those. Rather, it’s the
Why Hike the Appalachian Trail?
Hey, all! Fortune Cookie here! Nice to meet you! I’m super excited to be hitting the trail in about a month and, even though I’ve been talking about