Day 68: Troutville- Mile 736, 9 miles We got a really late start because Hi Five needed to hit the outfitter and get some new gear. We did our resupply shopping trip to the grocery store, and finally hit the trail about 1 pm. No Touching was MIA and the others were all staying an … More Too Many Zeros and an Aquatic Adventure
Day 57: Mile VA 608-VA 615, 20 miles With my angry feet and new shoes, I decided to slackpack to give me an “out” if the shoes didn’t work- this way I wouldn’t be trapped in the woods for 4 days without functional feet. I flew through the miles and the shoes worked well, no … More McAfee’s Knob, Taco Bell, and Hiker Trash
(Virginia) Day 50: Mile 483- Mile 497, 15 miles I woke up about 6am and went out to find a place to relieve myself and saw a guy fly fishing in the river. It was really cool and I wished I could have joined him, but it also left me in eyeshot of him to … More Ponies! PONIES!!
Day 45: Castle Braemer- Iron Mountain Shelter, 16 miles Alex shuttled us to the trailhead about 9 AM. We stopped to pick up my resupply at the post office and I sent a few things home. The clerk was from St Paul, Minnesota so it took me a little longer than I expected. I also … More Damascus (Again)
Days 42-44: Trail Days, Zero Miles The owner of Boots Off Hostel shuttled us to Damascus, VA for the annual Trail Days festival. We arrived on the afternoon of the 1st day and got our tents set up in the woods rather than in “Tent City”, which is a giant open field. We thought we … More Trail Days 2017 (And A Trail Name For Me!)
Day 31: Hot Springs- Mile 280, 7 miles Laura dropped me off about 3:30pm after our trip to REI. The trail out of Hot Springs near the French Broad River did not have many white blazes, and I missed a turn and ended up climbing an extra hill. It was a pretty easy day and … More The Bear And The Maiden
I’m going to take a little hiatus from the day-by-day play-by-play to give a little insight and some musings into some of the things I’ve learned and felt during my Appalachian Adventure. Gratitude- I did an entire post on this already, but everyday I feel so much gratitude: for this beautiful world, for my friends … More Feelings and Stuff