Hi! I'm Laurel and completed a flip-flop thru hike hiking NoBo solo from Spring Mtn. to Damascus and continuing SoBo from Mt. Katahdin back to Damascus with my boyfriend. I'm a twenty-something recent University of Tennessee graduate who grew up in the Smokies and decided it's time to take the ultimate tour of my home mountain range. In addition to mountains, I enjoy riding all kinds of bicycles, scaling rock faces, and begging for affection from dogs.
October 21st, 2016 The trees drip from the recent rain and clouds obscure any rays of sunshine. I am thankful the temperature is in the 50s this
Spoiler alert: This not the post where I realize, three weeks out from finishing my thru hike, that my days are numbered on the trail and that I'm
"Officially" Halfway I've made it to Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the "official" halfway point of the AT. For me, it's just over 1500 miles in.
My Appalachian Trail experience so far has been somewhat unique - I hiked NoBo from Springer Mountain to Damascus Virginia solo. I then took a bus to
Thanks to my unconventional flip-flop hike (Springer to Damascus VA, Katahdin back to Damascus), I'm not hitting the emotional milestones of the
Over 700 miles into my hike, I'm slowly developing a routine. Of course thanks to my flip-flop, it's involved a lot more rocks and roots as I slowly
Sometimes plans change, and so I found myself summiting Katahdin 4 months ahead of schedule. Huh? My NoBo hike turned into a flip flop- after
I survived the Tennessee Blizzard of '16! When I reached the Roan highlands the second week of May, I was looking forward to the exceptional views
When it comes to day hiking during Spring, most people in the South are most concerned about encountering a bear, wild hog, rattlesnake, or other
I've seen a few trail dogs on my journey so far, and they've made me miss my Biscuit terribly. My home is the foothills of the Smokies, so I decided