Hello Friends! My name is Laura and I'm excited to connect with you as I embark on a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail with my husband Paul in April, 2023. I practice and instruct qigong, which has its roots in the observation of nature. This practice offers balance to the physicality of backpacking and I am very happy to bring it with me. I also enjoy painting, gardening and cooking and these are things I shall miss while on the trail. The AT is a pilgrimage. I hope to embrace both my vulnerability and strength while becoming more patient and comfortable with discomfort. I intend on developing a deeper connection with nature and humanity while cultivating inner peace and enhancing my perspective.
Hello Friends! Let’s talk AT gear choices. In viewing my official gear list you may notice that a lot seems to be missing. One benefit of traveling
Welcome back friends! I doubt I’m alone in wondering how people afford a lengthy thru-hike... They say that it costs a hiker an average of $1000
Hello Friends! My name is Laura Budde, pronounced "buddy." In April of 2023 my husband, Paul and I will embark on a northbound thru-hike of the