Bandit

Growing up in the south as a displaced northerner, I've never been able to fit in perfectly anywhere. After subsisting on little more than dirt and pennies as an AmeriCorps and SCA intern at Bear Mountain State Park, I rekindled my love for all things green, dirty, and 100% natural. Follow my adventures as I head northward on the Appalachian Trail on February 27. I promise I'm sort of funny.

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Love and the Appalachian Trail

Love and the Appalachian Trail

There's nothing quite like it. That mounting sense of excitement as years turn to months, months to weeks, and weeks to days. And then it's here.

Jun 30, 2016 : Bandit
Hiking Blind

Hiking Blind

I'm off the trail (again) because my ankle decided to go and wreck itself again. But it has been healing beautifully and I'll be back on the trail

Jun 8, 2016 : Bandit
Hot Springs to Atkins to ….Greensboro!?

Hot Springs to Atkins to ….Greensboro!?

Say what? Nope, this cakeĀ isn't done yet! I twisted my ankle in the Smokies, and I decided, in the worst way, that I could walk it off. I "walked

Apr 26, 2016 : Bandit
Rock Gap to Hot Springs

Rock Gap to Hot Springs

Relaxing during a zero to recuperate from a sprain (more on that later) I was able to reflect on my past few weeks.  Day 14: Got dropped off at

Mar 27, 2016 : Bandit
Woody Gap to Rock Gap

Woody Gap to Rock Gap

Tonight, I sit in bed at an inn in Franklin, North Carolina. My stomach is full of beer and pizza, and I could fall asleep in the next three seconds.

Mar 10, 2016 : Bandit
Amicalola Falls to Woody Gap

Amicalola Falls to Woody Gap

As much as my joints might hurt, I'm having the time of my life. Seriously. I've got a belly full of beer, I'm freshly showered, the

Feb 29, 2016 : Bandit
What’s in my pack?

What’s in my pack?

If I showed you what was in my pack right now you would give me a strange look. It doesn't look like much. Okay. A bunch of little bags. What's

Feb 21, 2016 : Bandit
BINGO-ooo and a bottle of rum

BINGO-ooo and a bottle of rum

With eighteen days before I set off on my thru-hike, I've been getting antsy with few outlets to expend my energy. Things are coming in the mail

Feb 9, 2016 : Bandit
Gratitude and Awe

Gratitude and Awe

Before we begin: No dogs were harmed in the making of this post. Don't let those big brown eyes fool you. Gratitude (n): The quality of being

Feb 3, 2016 : Bandit
Jitter Bug

Jitter Bug

46 days. 46 days before I set foot on that approach trail leading to Springer Mountain. Is this what it feels like before you get married?

Jan 15, 2016 : Bandit