Pat & Paula

Hi, Y'all! Our names are Pat and Paula, and we plan to hike the Appalachian Trail. We live in a small town in Florida. Not exactly fertile training ground for what has been described by some as a long, cold, rainy, mountainous six-month walk in the woods. That’s okay though because what we lack in experience, we make up for in enthusiasm and tenacity. Like the movie A Walk in the Woods, we are novices at this hiking/camping thing. Our hike may turn out to be more of a Road Runner/Wiley B Coyote cartoon than any hiking how-to or inspirational blog. Regardless, we look forward to sharing the many highs and lows of this adventure with you. Thank you for reading our blog. Until then, happy trails.

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Virginia Creeper Trail

Virginia Creeper Trail

So what do three thru-hikers do on a zero day when there is a downhill bicycle trail to ride?  Well, you ride it of course. Virginia Creeper

Jun 17, 2022 : Pat & Paula
400 Miles and Pneumonia

400 Miles and Pneumonia

We were saddened to hear of Clyde's passing. While unfortunately we did not know him all that well, what we did know is that he lived a rich, full

Jun 14, 2022 : Pat & Paula
Bye Bye Smoky Mountains

Bye Bye Smoky Mountains

We are taking a much-deserved rest day in Hot Springs,  N.C.  For those who have not been to Hot Springs, it is a town of some 520 people where the

May 20, 2022 : Pat & Paula
Mothers Day, 200 Miles, and a Bear

Mothers Day, 200 Miles, and a Bear

Happy Mother's Day Happy Mother's Day! During our hike we have noticed that almost to a hiker, everyone contacts their mother at least twice a day.

May 8, 2022 : Pat & Paula
Carolina On My Mind

Carolina On My Mind

We are writing this from Franklin, North Carolina.  After spending five days walking through rain, surviving hurricane force winds, and showing off a

Apr 24, 2022 : Pat & Paula
Rain, Pain, Snow, and Trail Magic

Rain, Pain, Snow, and Trail Magic

Updates We are sitting in a Holiday Inn Express <Hi Kristi> in Hiawassee GA; doing a nero <low mileage day> to resupply and let some bad

Apr 15, 2022 : Pat & Paula
Damn the Torpedoes—Full Speed Ahead

Damn the Torpedoes—Full Speed Ahead

Road Trip It's Thursday, it's five p.m., it's time to get the show on the road. After saying goodbyes at work, Pat's journey into what hopefully

Apr 6, 2022 : Pat & Paula
All That and a Bag of Chips!

All That and a Bag of Chips!

Hi, Y’all!  We are counting down days until we step foot on the Appalachian Trail.  Eeeek!   As promised, attached are the ever-changing gear lists. 

Mar 20, 2022 : Pat & Paula
Night, Night, Sleep Tight

Night, Night, Sleep Tight

Hi, Y’all!  In all our research on hiking the Appalachian Trail, we found a common recurring theme: ensure your sleep system is first-rate.  A bad

Mar 17, 2022 : Pat & Paula
CLASS OF 2022

CLASS OF 2022

In preparation for the upcoming day, almost every morning Paula and I take a short walk around the neighborhood.  During this morning’s walk, it hit

Mar 16, 2022 : Pat & Paula