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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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
Hello North Carolina!

Hello North Carolina!

100 Miles! Even if I had to leave the trail today, I’d feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment just to be able to say that I hiked 100 miles of

Mar 25, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
Sun and Moon and Rain and Sun

Sun and Moon and Rain and Sun

So many stories; so little time to write! Biggest news is that we have our trail names: Chris is Butter Meister and I am Snowy Owl. Bodhi is

Mar 19, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
How Do You Make God Laugh?

How Do You Make God Laugh?

Answer: Tell Her your plans. We knew that our schedule would change sooner or later, just not this soon! Snow and frigid temperatures have taken

Mar 12, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

It’s the middle of the night and I’m wide awake. Tomorrow morning we set off on our Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Emotional Roller Coaster I must

Mar 6, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
6 Days From Launch… Have We Panicked Yet?

6 Days From Launch… Have We Panicked Yet?

We're rapidly checking off items on our to-do list, but the list doesn't get any shorter because we keep adding more tasks: Set up camp every

Mar 1, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward
Why Bodhi Wants to Hike the AT

Why Bodhi Wants to Hike the AT

Blogger's note: It is sometimes said that a beloved pet can read his person's mind. In this post, I will attempt the opposite and present to you all

Feb 17, 2022 : Leslie “Snowy Owl” Woodward