Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)

Laura Seeman and Kyler Star here, or better known as Team SeeStar. In May 2015, we'll be leaving behind our Vermont home to take off on our Appalachian Trail thru-hike adventure. We like to do things a little differently, so we'll be starting in Virginia, hiking north to Maine, then back to Virginia to complete our hike southbound to Georgia. Becca Baer (like bear, grrrr), Laura's cousin, is also part of our team, and might guest blog occasionally! The "threesome dynamic" is already turning out to be an interesting one. Stay tuned.

Posts

Welcome to the North Country: Hanover, NH to Monson, ME

Welcome to the North Country: Hanover, NH to Monson, ME

Much has happened since my last post when we walked through Vermont. We were greeted with extreme hospitality in the wonderful trail towns of Norwich, VT/Hanover, NH. We met and played croquet with the Ice Cream Man in Southern NH, began climbing real mountains with views, and trucked through the mud in the vast green and brown tunnel. We traveled together with great friends who we met along the way and with friends who came to visit from home. We made it through the Mahoosuc Notch, which AWOL claims is “the most challenging or most fun mile of the entire AT”. Really, just making it through Southern Maine entirely was a great accomplishment in our eyes.

Sep 16, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
The Homeland: North Adams, MA to Hanover, NH

The Homeland: North Adams, MA to Hanover, NH

Words cannot describe how happy we were to be in Vermont. As soon as we stepped foot into Vermont, everything changed for the better. It was a cloudy morning, and as soon as we crossed over the border, the sun peeked through the sky and the rest of the day was beautiful. After a steep climb, we basically walked along a ridge all day. It felt so great to finally be up high and to get some nice views with different scenery and landscapes.

Aug 6, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
Getting Over the Hump: Peekskill, NY to North Adams, MA

Getting Over the Hump: Peekskill, NY to North Adams, MA

I had a hard time getting through Connecticut and Massachusetts. Connecticut seems to be the place where a lot of people hit a wall, and I unexpectedly hit that wall. It rained about 2-6 days a week for weeks on end, and the trail was filled with many "PUDs" - Pointless Ups and Downs (basically, big climbs with no view at the top). I was just plain run-down. It was the first time I really realized that the trail is not all "bunnies and rainbows". Despite this challenging time, there were definitely some great moments.

Jul 30, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
Defining Spirit(uality)

Defining Spirit(uality)

Spirit defines what spirituality means for her on the trail.

Jul 2, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
Unforgettable Moments: Port Clinton, PA to Peekskill, NY

Unforgettable Moments: Port Clinton, PA to Peekskill, NY

Some of the most memorable moments so far...

Jun 24, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
A Roller-Coaster of a Ride: Bear’s Den, VA to Port Clinton, PA

A Roller-Coaster of a Ride: Bear’s Den, VA to Port Clinton, PA

Rain, Pain, and lots of mileage gain. A roller-coaster ride!

Jun 4, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
The Swinging, Spiraling, and Stillness of Spirit

The Swinging, Spiraling, and Stillness of Spirit

**This post is written by Team SeeStar's trailmate, Spirit.**We create our reality. Within this world there exists an infinite amount of sounds,

May 19, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
New Hair, New Names, New People

New Hair, New Names, New People

Exactly two weeks ago, Becca, Kyler and I chopped our hair off and walked into the woods. Two weeks later, and we couldn't be more in love with the trail life. We present to you... the triple S club - Saffron, Spirit, and StarTrek.

May 17, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
4 Days ’til Launch

4 Days ’til Launch

It's so close, yet so far away... 4 days 'til launch!

Apr 27, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)
My Relationship with Food: It’s Complicated

My Relationship with Food: It’s Complicated

I'd like to talk a little bit about my relationship with food. It's complicated.

Mar 6, 2015 : Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)