Julie Wilson-Freeman

I am a grandmother of 2 sweet little girls and one handsome baby boy. I have a son and daughter. They are both married to wonderful spouses and my husband has 2 sons (that I consider my own), one is married to an amazing woman and the other single. My husband and I no longer have children at home and we enjoy biking and camping in our 30 foot travel trailer--my husband's idea of roughing it. I love hiking/backpacking and when I'm not teaching Freshman Composition at a community college, I spend my summers backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. This summer I will be hiking the whole trail; doing a flip/flop starting at Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Short Detour to New York City!

Short Detour to New York City!

Urban Hiking! So because we were so close to the city we decided to go do some urban hiking in New York City. We spent 3 days and 2 nights seeing

Jun 16, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
Rocksylvania Is Done, and We’re Getting a Rest

Rocksylvania Is Done, and We’re Getting a Rest

Rocksylvania is no joke! Chilli and I have made it through the rocks of Pennsylvania and are in Deleware Water Gap. We took a beating!  I had

Jun 8, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
Dealing with Blisters and a New Trail Family

Dealing with Blisters and a New Trail Family

After having a wonderfully refreshing time with good friends in Boiling Springs, Pa., Chilli and I have been hiking with three other people - Sweet

Jun 1, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
Rain Delay and Dangerous Flooding

Rain Delay and Dangerous Flooding

Well, the trail is always teaching lessons and the lesson we’re being taught on day one is adapting and being flexible. We made it across the Potomac

May 19, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
My Grandbabies Will be in My Thoughts on the Trail

My Grandbabies Will be in My Thoughts on the Trail

I am so blessed to be a grandmother. I’m not sure there is anything sweeter than wonderful little grandbabies. I currently have one grandson and two

May 14, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
Spring Break, New Adventures, and Now Less than 60 Days to Hike

Spring Break, New Adventures, and Now Less than 60 Days to Hike

Nigel (Chilli -- because he's always cold and loves the food -- and yes, it's spelled that way) and I have just 60 days left before our feet hit the

Mar 17, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
Just Ninety More Days, and Still So Many Questions

Just Ninety More Days, and Still So Many Questions

Just 90  more days.  Ninety days to make sure my gear is what I want.  Ninety days to make sure my food is all in order.  Ninety days to make sure we

Feb 13, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
Thru-Hiker’s Goal: Learning The Lessons Of  The Trail

Thru-Hiker’s Goal: Learning The Lessons Of The Trail

Having a specific diet while hiking can cause many issues. I do not have the option of being able to walk into a gas station and buy food. I cannot

Jan 21, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
New Year and New Anticipation

New Year and New Anticipation

New Year and New Chapter It's a new year and a new chapter is about to be written.  I am so looking forward to my thru-hike.  I believe I will

Dec 31, 2017 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
Time off to Finalize the Planning

Time off to Finalize the Planning

Planning There are so many details in planning a hike of this magnitude.  I have spreadsheets that give me and Free Gear an idea of miles we need to

Dec 20, 2017 : Julie Wilson-Freeman