*A big portion of the trail crisscrosses NC and TN, so during this time I am going back and forth and honestly a lot of the time I don’t know exactly which state I am in! I just follow the White Blazed road 🙂 Day 27: Standing Bear Hostel-Groundhog Shelter, 8 miles I showered up … More Dirty Hiker Girl Goes to the Big City
Day 24: Newfound Gap-Pecks Corner, 11 Miles I had another sleepless hotel night- I sleep so much better in my tent than in a bed now! I hit the town at 6 am and watched the sunrise over Gatlinburg- it was beautiful! I walked a few miles to Starbucks and unfortunately encountered more unfriendly people. … More Almost Dying in the Great Smokys: Part II
Day 19: Fontana Dam (NC), 0 miles I had an amazingly comfy bed and was really dreading starting the Smoky Mountains.. so I decided to take a zero and spend an extra night in Fontana. I had a lot of extra food, so I mailed some up to my next stop and tried to relax. … More Almost Dying in The Great Smokys: Part I
Day 11: Bly Gap-Carter Gap 15 miles I survived my first whole day of hiking in the rain, AND had my first 15 mile day- woohoo! My hike was pretty uneventful otherwise, lots of climbing with elevations over 5,000. I was soaked to the bone and warmed up at camp. Shelley was just a few miles … More And so it rains
Hi friends! I am really behind on the blog for a lot of reasons- mostly I really don’t ever have service for long enough to type, I go in and out of service constantly. Another reason is that I actually had a hard time figuring out the right words to use for this post- this … More Franklin and the Gratitude Glow
Greetings from the trail! Please excuse my typos- I know there were a few last time, please give me a little grace as I am writing on a tiny phone in a dark tent 🙂 The trail has been magical and painful. Most of the time I just feel in awe that I am actually … More Crocodile Rockin’
At last we are on the trail! So far we have had beautiful weather- almost a little too beautiful as I am now lobster colored, despite a lot of sunblock! They are calling for rain tonight, so we are prepared but hoping for a few more days without our rain gear. Here’s a little summary … More On the trail!
During the past year of research and fawning over thru-hiker blogs, I have noticed one post that seems to be absolutely crucial to every blog, and here it is- the obligatory gear post! Some of you gear nuts will geek out with me, but this might be pretty boring for the rest of you- but rest … More The Gear Post
Taste testing my first homemade trail meal
With a little over 30 days before I begin my Appalachian Trail thru hike, there are a few burning questions that everyone wants to know- 1. Am I Crazy? 2.Why am I doing this? 3.Will I poop in the woods? The short version- Probably. Why not? Yes. As a tried and true socially awkward introvert, … More Are you crazy? Why would you want to do that? Do you poop in the woods?