I'm Linde, a twenty-something Dutch-American hybrid. I grew up in below-sea level Holland, always looking forward to the summers spent in national parks across the USA. Nowadays I play with swords, make puns, read books, eat doughnuts, make pictures, have a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology, and the love for the outdoors never left. Onwards to Maine!
In the last Great Catch-Up, I shared the epic tale of the Hiker Pie on Pi Day and told the world about how I overcame the Fraud Police. Now, follow
My last post had me setting out from Springer Mountain with two new friends, soon finding I needed to set my own pace, and ended with me making it to
After a long flight, a roadtrip, and the AT Kick Off, I was finally ready to start my hike on Springer Mountain! Spreading my wings On the
My last catch-up post had my dad and I finally reach Amicalola Falls in the snow. Now read along as I tell you all about the ATKO, or Appalachian
My last catch-up post had me flying across the Atlantic in order to get to the right continent and left me in Colorado with my family, about to
The plan: My dad would fly to the US first and get his new camper up and running so that when I got there, all I needed to do was get my last supplies and we would head out. The new camper being with our family in Colorado - the same place where all of my online orders and awesome sponsor packages had been sent. After that, we would head out on a roadtrip to Amicalola Falls, attend the AT Kick Off, and then I would head out on the trail. Step one? Getting to the right continent.
One moment you're thinking of a date way off in the future. The next, that moment is one week away. One week until I say goodbye to my boyfriend, my parents, my brother, my friends and my cats. One week until I fly to Colorado to meet up with family and face the results of my online gear-purchasing spree. One week until I'm on the same continent as the Appalachian Trail.. which I'll set off on a little over a week later. Whew. It's getting very real. Can I do this? I think I can. Right?
With the holidays fast approaching, gift guides for outdoor enthusiasts are popping up all over the place. It's no surprise, really; there's an
I've never really been a pessimist. I mean, sure, I had my times in high school where I thought everything sucked, but I like to think I always kept some sort of childlike wonder and optimism. I definitely am an optimist now. And still I never realized how much I distrusted other people, how much I thought I didn't matter to others, how much I was focused on having as much stuff as possible, until I started preparing for my thru-hike.
I don't mean to scare them, I really don't. They simply frighten easily when some tall, long-haired, brightly colored human marches towards them, trying to act friendly by engaging in small talk. It just so happens that their favorite grazing spot is also my favorite walking spot and that, besides trudging up and down the 19 floors of my apartment building, it's my main way of training for my 2016 NOBO thru-hike. Such is life in flat, densely populated Holland.