Tinkerbell

I grew up in a small farm town in south Georgia, where my outdoor adventures consisted of riding ATV's through mud holes, walking show cattle with a tractor, and competing in barrel racing competitions with my Quarter Horses. I eventually moved to Athens, Georgia for college and graduated from the University of Georgia, where I finished two college degrees and still have no idea what I want to do with my life. I attempted a thru-hike in 2015 until an injury forced me off-trail at mile 700. In 2016 (quite unplanned), I embarked on another thru-hike attempt, this time a flip-flop. Once again, injury (these darned feet) forced me off trail after 3 months. I am and always will remain an active member of the Appalachian Trail community, and WILL finish the trail, sooner rather than later.

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Hiking With Dogs 101: Choosing a Hiking Dog

Hiking With Dogs 101: Choosing a Hiking Dog

I see a lot of "articles" floating around the web with titles like: Top 10 Breeds of Hiking Dogs, or Which Dog Breed Makes the Best Hiking Dog?  Th

Jan 11th : Tinkerbell
Hostel Etiquette: An Appalachian Trail Hiker’s Guide

Hostel Etiquette: An Appalachian Trail Hiker’s Guide

It is my sincere hope that anyone who stays in a hostel has a fantastic experience, gets a good night’s rest, treats the hostel owner and other guests

Dec 28th : Tinkerbell
Stick a Fork in It, This Hike is Done

Stick a Fork in It, This Hike is Done

I have been off-trail now for three months. It feels both like an eternity and like I blinked and ended up here. I left you guys in Hanover, NH ( This

Dec 4th : Tinkerbell
See Those Mountains in the Distance?

See Those Mountains in the Distance?

The choices we make lead up to actual experiences. It is one thing to decide to climb a mountain. It is quite another to be on top of it. -Herbert

Aug 24th : Tinkerbell
Chipping away at Massachusetts – a day by day account 

Chipping away at Massachusetts – a day by day account 

Several people have asked for more day to day details, so for this post I'm actually going to be writing each day and then publishing it at the end so

Jul 22nd : Tinkerbell
My hike, my way.

My hike, my way.

Last we caught up I was leaving Front Royal to finish up the state of Virginia. Many things have transpired since then, so here it goes! Catching up:

Jul 20th : Tinkerbell
Northern Virginia… Sunshine and Suck

Northern Virginia… Sunshine and Suck

Shenandoah National Park is behind me! It's been a busy couple of weeks since I left Highlighter's place and headed out into SNP. What I've been

Jul 10th : Tinkerbell
Come on Virginia, give me a sign

Come on Virginia, give me a sign

I'm writing this while sitting in the living room of Highlighter's condo at Wintergreen Ski Resort, with Swiss Miss (from Switzerland), Tippy Toes, an

Jun 28th : Tinkerbell
Virginia is…NOT FLAT

Virginia is…NOT FLAT

Virginia gets talked about a lot. For good reason, after all it DOES contain the most AT miles of any state. However, there seems to be a whole lot of

Jun 9th : Tinkerbell
The Metamorphosis Begins: Becoming a Thru Hiker (again)

The Metamorphosis Begins: Becoming a Thru Hiker (again)

Friday, May 20th. Just another random Friday for most people. You were probably eagerly awaiting getting off work to have a few drinks, or perhaps had

Jun 5th : Tinkerbell