Hi there! My name is Sarah but I'm better known as Lil Bear on the trail. I've lived in both the city of Chicago and suburbs for most of my life but now reside in Northern Alabama upon turning 30. I started LASHing the AT in 2019 and hoped to complete most of the trail in 2020, but like many of us I postponed during the pandemic and stuck to a couple short hikes. So here's to 2021 and seeing what kind of trail miles it brings! Feel free to visit me at www.sarahs-travels.com for posts about other things too.
Thoughts as I set out to attempt a hike of just over 1,000 miles from Boiling Springs, PA to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.
This is part two of my original post about a 33 mile weekend hike from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC in July 2020. It focuses on the hike itself, rather than focusing solely on the hike as pertaining to covid-19 guidelines like the first post did.
There are some things that are just better to have than not have while backpacking. This is my personal list of things that I don't skimp on anymore.
One story from a 55 mile section hike from Lexington/Buena Vista, VA to Waynesboro, VA in November.
A 33-Mile Weekend Hike from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC, focusing specifically on the experience of hiking within covid guidelines.
A look into decisions I'm trying to make as a flight attendant who was getting ready to hit the trail, and ways in which the coronavirus has impacted that.
The essential "Why I hike the Appalachian Trail" post.
A recount of a day-hiking trip to Shenandoah National Park in 2017, which was the first time I got to stand on the Appalachian Trail.
An intro to my time on the Appalachian Trail in 2019, and my 2020 hiking plans!