Stacia Bennett

I spent most of my 20's in college, acquiring two degrees, pursuing a career I thought would be fulfilling, dating a guy I thought I wanted to marry, and paying a mortgage on a house I thought I needed. Everything changed in the spring of 2015, when I graduated college, ended the relationship, sold the house, and set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. I came home an entirely different person than I was when I left - one who would rather live out of a backpack than in a house, who doesn't mind forgoing showers for days, a person who isn't afraid of hitchhiking or doing things alone. Now, with two Appalachian Trail thru-hike attempts under my belt and a head full of adventures in waiting, I spend most of my time going on, writing about, or dreaming up backpacking trips. I live in a 16 foot travel trailer and will soon be going to nursing school to get yet another degree - one I hope I will use this time.

Posts

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 (

Dec 4, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
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 24, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
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

Jul 22, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
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

Jul 20, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
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 10, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
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,

Jun 28, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
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

Jun 9, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
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

Jun 5, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
Committing to my Kit: AT Gear List, Take 2

Committing to my Kit: AT Gear List, Take 2

The gear I used on my thru-hike attempt last year worked WONDERFULLY (you can see pretty much what I took with me lighterpack which has more details.

May 18, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
Three Hundred and Thirty Five Zeroes

Three Hundred and Thirty Five Zeroes

Have you ever dreamt about doing something totally foolish, something so absurd that perhaps you were afraid to tell anyone except possibly those

May 17, 2016 : Stacia Bennett