Leslie Woodward

Hey, I'm Leslie, retired minister and AT thru-hiker wannabe. Honestly, thru-hiking was my husband Chris's dream, not mine, until I realized that he was about to set off on a great adventure — without me! So I got my first-ever backpack and, along with our goldendoodle Bodhi, began training for our March 7, 2022 AT thru-hike start. Did I mention that we're both geezers? Well, Bodhi is only 3 but Chris and I are both 65. Follow along on our quest to conquer all 2194.3 miles of the Appalachian Trail! Gulp.

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Why We Are Preparing 200+ Meals for Our Thru-Hike

Why We Are Preparing 200+ Meals for Our Thru-Hike

When I first started reading Appalachian Trail blogs and books, I was surprised that many people said not to mail yourself resupply boxes. “You

Jan 23, 2022 : Leslie Woodward
Everybody Needs a Rescue Buddy

Everybody Needs a Rescue Buddy

When we told our close friends that Bodhi, our 3-year-old Goldendoodle, was going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with us, Dan didn’t hesitate.

Jan 14, 2022 : Leslie Woodward
9 Lessons Learned from My Shakedown Hikes

9 Lessons Learned from My Shakedown Hikes

My first overnight shakedown outing was actually in our backyard using camping equipment from the 1990s.  It was a total failure, with me waking at 1

Dec 29, 2021 : Leslie Woodward
Will Love Be Enough? You Betcha!

Will Love Be Enough? You Betcha!

Every long-distance backpacking article and book about hiking the Appalachian Trail gives more-or-less the same advice. To successfully complete a

Dec 20, 2021 : Leslie Woodward
Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Thru-Hiker

Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Thru-Hiker

What comes to mind when you hear the term "thru-hiker?" Most people might picture a twenty-something-year-old man with a scraggly beard, probably

Dec 17, 2021 : Leslie Woodward