I am a thru-hiker who's been stuck in the body of a bar manager for 7 years. After getting fired from my job in December I realized I had the opportunity to go hike the Appalachian Trail 2021. As a Pole Dance teacher and student I hope to bring my love for Aerial Art to the trail. I call it "Tree-Pole". I love going into the woods on a hike and finding that perfect tree to dance with and use aerially for tricks! It's just fun and I like to have fun! Also, if you get anything stuck in a tree I'll gladly get it down! I am a cat lover, goldfish eatin', sucker for candy, orange juice drinkin', peanut butter lickin', old soul in the body of a 27 year old. Get to know me and follow my Adventures Of A Wild Jocelot!
It is assumed that every hiker has a big epiphany or life altering lesson they learn on the trail. Though for some that may be true I am here to bring you 21 juicy lessons learned from the Appalachian Trail class of 2021. Let's get weird.
It all started with the mac & cheese incident. Now hear me out. I have cooked mac & cheese thousands of times at home, no sweat, no problems. It couldn't be that different on the trail right? I was deeply excited about this Krafts all day long. I knew it was going to be absolutely delicious and I was pumped!
Disclaimer: Radio Silence It has been over seven months since my last post. Seven months of anticipating this very message. I failed to blog about
Widow Makers, Poop & Fire OH MY! A few lessons I learned before hitting the trail.
I'm totally the person who has spent hours reading through others gear lists. I have probably spent too much precious toilet time stressed out comparing and wondering why someone chose what instead of finishing my business.
The anticipation has been equivalent to watching crystalized honey drip slowly from the jar. It's like everyday time stands still and when it's released I fast forward and suddenly I am playing catch-up with myself.
The mental journey on the AT is more than just the beggining of the journey but I believe it is the key to success along the way. This journey is just as important as actually stepping foot on trail. Lets talk about fears, poop and finding success in the adventure no matter what.
How is it possible to receive trail magic before you're even on a trail? I'll tell you how its called: "Off the Trail Magic"! I am victim to this, oh darn. Learn about my series of fortunate events that lead me to my journey.
It's not often that opportunities are just presented to you by pure luck, heck I don't even believe in luck. Yet I find myself in the midst of a strange situation that I never imagined presenting itself this way. I got fired from the best job I ever had and that paved the road for an opportunity of a lifetime hiking the Appalachian Trail.