Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus

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.

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The End Of The World As I Know It

The End Of The World As I Know It

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

Oct 25, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
I Don’t Love Thru Hiking (and that’s okay)

I Don’t Love Thru Hiking (and that’s okay)

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

Sep 27, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
1500 Miles and Hitting Halfway

1500 Miles and Hitting Halfway

"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.

Sep 7, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
On Hiking with Your Significant Other

On Hiking with Your Significant Other

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

Aug 13, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
When you hit rock bottom, climb back up.

When you hit rock bottom, climb back up.

Thanks to my unconventional flip-flop hike (Springer to Damascus VA, Katahdin back to Damascus), I'm not hitting the emotional milestones of the

Jul 23, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

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

Jun 25, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
100 Appalachian Trials in the 100 Mile Wilderness

100 Appalachian Trials in the 100 Mile Wilderness

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

Jun 14, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
The Blizzard of ’16 and Hostel With No Name

The Blizzard of ’16 and Hostel With No Name

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

May 20, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
How to Survive an Encounter With A Wild Thru Hiker

How to Survive an Encounter With A Wild Thru Hiker

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

Apr 30, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
A Canine Section Hike

A Canine Section Hike

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

Apr 14, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus