Joellyn Sargent

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.

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What’s Different about Hiking after 50?

What’s Different about Hiking after 50?

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

Jan 11, 2019 : Joellyn Sargent
Are Resupply Boxes Worth the Effort?

Are Resupply Boxes Worth the Effort?

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

Jan 4, 2019 : Joellyn Sargent
11 Secrets to Successful Resupply on the AT

11 Secrets to Successful Resupply on the 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

Dec 22, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Hiker Hopscotch: Making a New Plan

Hiker Hopscotch: Making a New Plan

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

Aug 22, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
16 Bears Fill Up a Week in the Shennies

16 Bears Fill Up a Week in the Shennies

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

Jul 27, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Back on the Trail: A Rocky Return

Back on the Trail: A Rocky Return

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

Jun 20, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Unencumbered: The Lure of a Life Without Limits

Unencumbered: The Lure of a Life Without Limits

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

Mar 13, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

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

Feb 6, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Hunting Down Backpacking Gear On A Budget

Hunting Down Backpacking Gear On A Budget

Thru-hiking is expensive. With the exception of veteran backpackers who acquire carefully curated gear collections over the years, most aspiring

Jan 13, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Happy Hiking New Year: 2018 is finally here!

Happy Hiking New Year: 2018 is finally here!

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

Jan 1, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent