Leslie “Snowy Owl” 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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What To Expect When Injuries End Your Thru-Hike

What To Expect When Injuries End Your Thru-Hike

Injuries and illness happen even to the best of hikers. Much of the time, rest and perhaps minor medical intervention quickly puts a thru-hiker back

Jul 22, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
And Just Like That…

And Just Like That…

And just like that, my thru-hike was over.The thought of having to abandon your hike because of injury lurks unbidden in the back of every

Jul 7, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
Is an AT Thru-Hike a Vacation, a Job, or a Cult?

Is an AT Thru-Hike a Vacation, a Job, or a Cult?

How do you look at this phenomenon called thru-hiking?Is it a vacation? Several of the books about thru-hiking urge potential AT travelers to

Jun 28, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
Has Anyone Seen My Trail Legs?

Has Anyone Seen My Trail Legs?

I knew getting back on the trail after 3 weeks off with an injured knee was going to be tough so we planned a few easier days to start. And it worked

Jun 18, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
I’m Baaacckk….!

I’m Baaacckk….!

Yes! The waiting is over. Tomorrow I'll be rejoining my sweetie, Buttermeister, in Daleville, VA and resuming my thru-hike!I finally was able to

Jun 4, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Sigh, I’m still not back on trail. Buttermeister (aka Chris) went back on the AT after dropping me off at home and is making great progress, nearing

Jun 1, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
Will Love Be Enough? I’m No Longer Sure…

Will Love Be Enough? I’m No Longer Sure…

It is mind boggling to realize that we've hiked 500+ miles of the Appalachian Trail. It is soul crushing to have to leave the AT and go home. That is

May 15, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
Weird Things You Get Used To While Thru-Hiking

Weird Things You Get Used To While Thru-Hiking

So much has happened since I last posted that it would take too long to recap. Instead, please enjoy these snippets from the trail about things that

May 7, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
I Can See For Miles and Miles

I Can See For Miles and Miles

When we last saw our intrepid hikers, Snowy Owl and Buttermeister, they were about to be challenged by the Smoky Mountains. Boy oh boy were we

Apr 19, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
Next Up: Great Smoky Mountains

Next Up: Great Smoky Mountains

We’ve made it to the threshold of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Fontana Dam! While this feels like a great accomplishment, it will be

Apr 3, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward