John Mecklin

My name is John and I'm an aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.I love travel and meeting new people. I got kicked out of my 8th grade spelling bee during the practice round for misspelling the word "dangerous". I broke my ankle after falling off of a bunk bed. I have tinnitus and my ears turn red when I get nervous, these are unrelated.If you're thinking to yourself, "John is getting a little too personal for the biographical portion of a wordpress account.", you should see me on job interviews and tinder dates.

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Best Day Hikes in the Memphis Area

Best Day Hikes in the Memphis Area

If you follow the paths that I lay out for you below, be prepared to experience incredible moments that are unique to the home of the blues. You will have the chance to watch a heard of American Bison roam, experience the vastness of a 32-story glass pyramid, and enjoy the rambling surge of the south’s most prolific trade river. I hope you enjoy the hidden gems of Memphis as well as the opportunities to re-wild yourself that they provide.

Apr 13, 2020 : John Mecklin
Alas, Poor Thru-Hike, I Knew Him Well

Alas, Poor Thru-Hike, I Knew Him Well

I fought it hard. I couldn’t imagine living in a world in which I got off trail for any reason other than a severe injury or a family emergency. I had, after all, put YEARS of planning and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars into this venture. Didn’t I have a right to live my dream. Besides, they were asking us to self-isolate, I was in the woods, wasn’t I? I was as isolated as I could be.

Apr 2, 2020 : John Mecklin
Reflections on the First Two Weeks

Reflections on the First Two Weeks

Forgive me in advance for the poor formatting of this post and the ones to follow. Typing up a full blog post on an iPhone is less than

Mar 11, 2020 : John Mecklin
A Cure for the Overplanner

A Cure for the Overplanner

I refuse to think too hard about the what-if’s and the might-be's, but I don’t refuse to acknowledge their existence. There is also something very visceral and primitive about the unknown. There is a healthy fear of the shadows in the tall trees of the future, something that makes me conscious of my actions and aware of my surroundings.

Feb 5, 2020 : John Mecklin
Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions in the Months Leading Up to Springer

Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions in the Months Leading Up to Springer

Obviously, I want to finish a thru-hike. I’m not hopping on the trail all willy-nilly and just seeing what happens. I have a clear and defined goal for the next six or so months, but I feel that my goal and my intent don’t necessarily have to be the same thing.

Jan 9, 2020 : John Mecklin
Stagnation in the American South

Stagnation in the American South

I think it’s because stagnation has a different meaning for every person, and while the repetition of certain actions may be a defining feature for some people, stagnation has much more to do with the environment for me personally.

Nov 20, 2019 : John Mecklin
Shakedown Hikes and Type 2 Fun

Shakedown Hikes and Type 2 Fun

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get as much time on the trail, specifically the Appalachian Trail, as I would like. While I’m great at

Oct 4, 2019 : John Mecklin
Searching for Questions on the Appalachian Trail

Searching for Questions on the Appalachian Trail

"How to leave a well-paying job with full health benefits in order to practice homelessness in austere conditions." or "Why i'm hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020."

Sep 23, 2019 : John Mecklin