Heather P

Hey howdy! My husband and I will be starting our NOBO thru attempt in March of 2017. At present, I live in Washington state and I work as an occupational therapist. I am a lover of documentaries, peppermint everything, my sweet dog, and early bedtimes. Louise (our dog) is such a joy, but she won't be coming along with us. My wanderlust is the product of being raised in the military; I don't think I will ever see enough places or meet enough people. My husband had the hare-brained idea to hike the Appalachian Trail...I took that idea and ran with it. Follow along with our adventure! Happy hiking!

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Trail Update #5: Getting Off Tropic

Trail Update #5: Getting Off Tropic

These Little Trials Story time: Once upon a time on the AT a few weeks ago, a friend (Tin Cup) ended up with a water leak in his pack. At the

Apr 16, 2017 : Heather P
Trail Update 4: This Girl is Getting Gritty  

Trail Update 4: This Girl is Getting Gritty  

I am not the same person I was a month ago. The trail has changed me. For example, I routinely have dirty feet and hands. I went three days without

Apr 9, 2017 : Heather P
Update #3: Life Lessons from the Trail 

Update #3: Life Lessons from the Trail 

Where does the time go? I blinked and now I have been on the trail for 24 days! Let's do a little recap of the things I have learned so far: The

Mar 28, 2017 : Heather P
Trail Update #2: Embracing the Suck of Bad Weather

Trail Update #2: Embracing the Suck of Bad Weather

The first few days on trail were B-E-A-UTIFUL thanks to amazing weather. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and that includes the weather.

Mar 16, 2017 : Heather P
Trail Update #1: Small miles, big memories!

Trail Update #1: Small miles, big memories!

Philip and I have been on the trail for 4 nights and days. So far, it has been a wild ride and I am loving (almost) every moment. Day 1 My

Mar 9, 2017 : Heather P
Countdown Day 0…Time Flies

Countdown Day 0…Time Flies

In 4 hours, I will be winding my way through airport security. In 14 hours, I will be in South Carolina. In 86 hours, I will nearly be to Springer.

Feb 28, 2017 : Heather P
Embracing Closeness (or The Process By Which I Came To Own Three Tents)

Embracing Closeness (or The Process By Which I Came To Own Three Tents)

Captain Indecision, here. Recently, I wrote about how terrible I am at Six Moons Designs Lunar Duo that came with me on my shakedown hikes. So, I

Feb 9, 2017 : Heather P
How To Fill The Days Until Go-Time

How To Fill The Days Until Go-Time

Historically, February is my least favorite month. It is dreary, cold, and Valentines day. Enough said. But, this February is different

Feb 2, 2017 : Heather P
Fear of the Unknown (or The Process By Which I Came to Own Three Tents: Part 1)

Fear of the Unknown (or The Process By Which I Came to Own Three Tents: Part 1)

Calm, collected hiking Heather says 'Everything is A-Okay.' My pack sits in the corner with items scattered around. I am diligently scaling down

Jan 28, 2017 : Heather P
Just when I thought I was done…..last minute gear-list changes!

Just when I thought I was done…..last minute gear-list changes!

I am not ashamed to admit that I have very little backpacking experience. A year ago, I didn't own a single piece of backpacking gear. Through

Jan 19, 2017 : Heather P