After living overseas 18 years, I continue to enjoy exploring the world, especially via my own two feet. The AT has been calling my name for several years now, and I'm finally accepting the challenge, with a custom-made flip-flop hike: SOBO from Harper's Ferry, July-October, 2017, and then NOBO out of Harper's Ferry, April-July, 2018. Even though I have hiked extensively in Europe, that was hut-to-hut, so this will be my first time to have my bedroom and kitchen on my back. I welcome the challenge! Please join me as I prepare for my "home-grown hike," as I sew my own tarp, backpack and quilt and dehydrate all my gluten- and dairy-free foods. Let the adventure begin!
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