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.
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.
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.
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.
Spirit defines what spirituality means for her on the trail.
Some of the most memorable moments so far...
Rain, Pain, and lots of mileage gain. A roller-coaster ride!
**This post is written by Team SeeStar's trailmate, Spirit.** We create our reality. Within this world there exists an infinite amount of sounds,
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.
It's so close, yet so far away... 4 days 'til launch!
I'd like to talk a little bit about my relationship with food. It's complicated.