Gail Barrett

Hi, everyone! I’m a 62 year old romance novelist who has decided to get out from behind my desk and do a flip-flop AT thru-hike starting in April 2017. I admit I’m both thrilled and terrified at the thought of taking on a challenge this big. I have no backpacking skills, no survival expertise, and absolutely no reason to believe I can do this other than a healthy dose of stubbornness that has always helped me succeed. I figure this will either be the adventure of a lifetime or the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. I hope you’ll cheer me along as I try to find out!

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In Praise of Junk Food

In Praise of Junk Food

I’ve never been known for moderation.  When something interests me, I tend to go off the deep end, flinging myself totally into the task.  So it’s onl

Feb 3rd : Gail Barrett
Torn between Excitement and Fear

Torn between Excitement and Fear

With only a short time remaining before the start of my thru-hike, I can no longer ignore the truth.  The endless months of fantasizing and dreaming h

Jan 23rd : Gail Barrett
The Shocking Moment of Truth — or a Desperate Plea for Packing Help

The Shocking Moment of Truth — or a Desperate Plea for Packing Help

For the past eight months, ever since I decided to attempt an AT thru-hike, I’ve been accumulating hiking gear. Since I tend to be somewhat anal (okay

Dec 30th : Gail Barrett
The Sound of Cosmic Laughter

The Sound of Cosmic Laughter

From what I’ve read, thru-hiking the Appalachian trail teaches us important lessons.  There will be things we need to learn, aspects of our lives we h

Nov 21st : Gail Barrett
A Tale of Two Privies (Part 2)

A Tale of Two Privies (Part 2)

Before I get to my nomination for the Best Privy on the AT, Mid-Atlantic region. let me make one thing clear.  In my opinion, nothing beats modern plu

Oct 26th : Gail Barrett
A Tale of Two Privies (Part I)

A Tale of Two Privies (Part I)

If you're anything like me, the word privy probably evokes images of a nasty little outhouse with a stench so staggering you'd rather hightail it to t

Oct 24th : Gail Barrett
Five Signs You’ve Descended into Thru-Hiking Madness

Five Signs You’ve Descended into Thru-Hiking Madness

Plantar-fasciitis bandaging If anyone had told me a year ago that I’d post a picture of my bandaged foot on Facebook, I would have been aghast.  T

Oct 17th : Gail Barrett
Taking a Rain Check

Taking a Rain Check

Slogging through the rain Waterproof pack liners do no good if you leave them at home.  You should practice putting on an external pack cover befo

Oct 2nd : Gail Barrett
Sole Searching: An Aspiring Thru-Hiker’s Quest for the Perfect Shoes

Sole Searching: An Aspiring Thru-Hiker’s Quest for the Perfect Shoes

John testing his Merrell shoes If there's one piece of gear AT thru-hikers are opinionated about it’s shoes -- and with good reason since it takes

Sep 28th : Gail Barrett
The Secret Life of Trees (or if a tree falls in the forest is it actually plotting to kill you?)

The Secret Life of Trees (or if a tree falls in the forest is it actually plotting to kill you?)

One of the quirkier things my husband has been worrying about as we prepare for our AT thru-hike is getting hit by a falling tree, which amuses me a b

Sep 21st : Gail Barrett