Delta

What the hell did I agree to? Seriously, who gets a random text from their father a few days before Christmas and decides to change their life completely to go do something they are incredibly ill-prepared for? “Thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail.” That was the text from my dad, Pauley, exactly 12 seconds before I responded “I’m in.” I’m Joshua Saunders, or Delta, to you hiker trash, and I know nothing. Twenty-nine days ago, I decided to press pause on this so-called life and to start preparing for the massive beast they call the Appalachian Trail. I’m not an avid anything. Not an avid hiker, biker, runner, juggler, or yogi. I haven’t done great things, been on great quests, or changed the world in any way. I’m just an average Josh who wants to tell you a story about a long walk where he tries not to shit his pants. Walk with me, but not too close.

Posts

Almost Naked, Definitely Afraid

Almost Naked, Definitely Afraid

Ewww, What’s That Smell Preparing for the AT has to be similar to preparing to be on the show Naked and Afraid. You know you are going to be cold,

Mar 4, 2024 : Delta
Six Degrees of Grandma Gatewood

Six Degrees of Grandma Gatewood

No Ordinary Pair Of Shoes I first learned of the legendary Grandma Gatewood several years ago when I walked into Mount Roger’s Outfitters in

Feb 5, 2024 : Delta
Fear

Fear

I debated, for longer than I care to admit,  about whether I had a fear or fears of leaving this life for the trail. Fears is the answer, obviously,

Jan 22, 2024 : Delta
The Big Questions

The Big Questions

There are always questions when you tell people, who have known you your whole life, that you are about to do something crazy, like walking 2000

Jan 19, 2024 : Delta
Delta Is Born

Delta Is Born

I fell in love with the trail years ago when I used to run more. I would travel from my home in Kentucky to Damascus for races along the Creeper

Jan 19, 2024 : Delta