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They say you don’t choose to hike the AT, it becomes a calling ✨ I fell in love with this trail during the pandemic. It felt accidental that I was led to it. I was heading to Mt. Tammany in PA but the parking lot was full so a park ranger diverted me further south to a trailhead on the AT at Mt. Minsi. I stepped onto the trail and instantly felt its magic 💖 During the pandemic, I would head to the AT on Sundays and spend hours hiking alone. It was blissful until one day….I was listening to music on my headphones and I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake! 🐍 First of all, who knew PA had rattlers?!? The snake lunged at me because I was so taken aback by its presence that I didn’t back away. After that encounter I swore to never hike alone lol! I reached out to some friends and we did our first overnight backpacking trip which was an aggressive 30 miler! After that, the rest was history and I was hooked 💯I grew up learning to be fearful and I took that with me into adulthood. “Be careful”, “Safety First”, etc etc. I make a conscious effort to not let other people’s fears dictate my choices.I am filled with so many emotions which change hourly but I’m also ready and excited to get on trail.When I ran the NYC marathon 20+ years ago, my nerves were calmed when I was given the advice to think of it as “just a walk around the city”. When I step foot on the AT, I will be “just taking a walk in the woods” 💗

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AT Thru Hike – Part II – The Smokey’s Nearly Killed Me

AT Thru Hike – Part II – The Smokey’s Nearly Killed Me

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May 17, 2024 : Stretch
AT Thru Hike: The Smokies Nearly Killed Me

AT Thru Hike: The Smokies Nearly Killed Me

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May 9, 2024 : Stretch
AT Thru Hike – Dear Diary….Week 3

AT Thru Hike – Dear Diary….Week 3

 Dear Diary, The reality of my AT Thru Hike is starting to settle in. I am seeing that we are not just here for a good time. It just

Apr 26, 2024 : Stretch
AT Thru Hike: Racism on Trail?

AT Thru Hike: Racism on Trail?

Undeniable Irresistible Plans Part II It’s been a little while since I’ve returned to write part two of my last blog ”AT Thru Hike: Week 1:

Apr 21, 2024 : Stretch
AT Thru Hike: Week 1 – Undeniably Irresistible plans

AT Thru Hike: Week 1 – Undeniably Irresistible plans

Undeniably Irresistible Plans Part 1 I’ve been on trail for four days and I’ve already consumed four piping hot pizzas, four slices of delectable

Apr 15, 2024 : Stretch
AT Start-Day 1: Jelly Jam Thighs!

AT Start-Day 1: Jelly Jam Thighs!

Prepping for flight As I urgently walk down the aisles of ShopRite searching for Gluten Free tortilla wraps, bopping to “She’s a Bad Mama

Apr 11, 2024 : Stretch
My “Beary” Big AT Thru Hiker Secret…

My “Beary” Big AT Thru Hiker Secret…

I can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks away from my start date..I feel a range of emotions that change daily, sometimes hourly. There are days

Mar 22, 2024 : Stretch
Prepping for an AT Thru Hike

Prepping for an AT Thru Hike

*First, I give you a disclaimer… This is not intended to be a “how-to” blog post but rather, a reflection on what would prompt a person to walk away

Feb 29, 2024 : Stretch