Hi, I’m Joey, trail name “Moon Pie.” I grew up in Florida with sand and sea in my soul, sailing, camping, and exploring this beautiful world. After raising a family in Georgia, my spirit of adventure demanded to be set free. I knocked out 1800 miles of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2018. Now I’m busy plotting my return to the trail to finish what I started. Here on The Trek I blog about hiking, gear, and my favorite trails. You can also find me on You Tube @JoyfulRambler.
Even though the people you meet on the trail represent a wide range of ages, thru-hiking after 50 puts you in the minority. In fact, the annual
It’s hard to envision your resupply options before setting out on a long-distance hike. You’ll be backpacking in the wilderness, right? Shopping at
Before I started my thru-hike last April, the issue of resupplying along the trail made me a little anxious. Where would I shop? Would it be
I don’t know if a thru-hike ever turns out to be what the hiker imagines it will be. Sometimes (most times?) it’s a more amazing adventure than the
Other than the fact that many hikers aqua blaze through Shenandoah National Park, I didn’t know much about the Shennies before I entered the park
The sun is peeking over the horizon, shedding a warm morning glow over the idyllic grounds of the Woods Hole Hostel. The quiet of the morning is a
Somewhere between the mountain of dirty laundry, scooping the stinky cat litter, and tackling yet another sink full of dirty dishes, it hit me: In
It’s easy to think that getting the right gear is the key to a successful thru-hike. Building the ideal kit for your hiking style certainly does make
Thru-hiking is expensive. Sure, you can go to Wal-Mart or Amazon and get nearly everything you need, but most of it will weigh a ton and be poor quality, or both. To get the really good stuff - or at least the stuff everyone says is really good – rumor has it you’ll need to shell out big bucks. Do you really need to spend that much?
This is THE YEAR I’m awake before dawn on this first day of the new year, filled with anticipation and a slight sense of panic. This is the year I