I’m 25.5, and I am currently self-employed. I grew up in Southwest Virgina, where I still reside. All that time, the AT was practically in my backyard, but I never cared. I was in Boy Scouts growing up, but I hated it. I quit the Boy Scouts. I never even enjoyed the prospect of camping or being outdoors, until about a year ago when a friend introduced me to the Appalachian Trail.
Immediately, the AT was fascinating. I learned that the AT was so much more than just a long-distance hike. It has its own culture, and it is the closest thing Americans have to an accepted, traditional pilgrimage. The seed was planted to one day walk the whole thing. All previous opinions on hiking, camping, or whatever were just gone, replaced by wonder. Every time I go out on the trail it challenges and amazes me.
So the point of this blog is to help me research and think. When the time comes, it will be my journal and a way for friends and family to keep tabs on me.