The Rainy Season (CT through MA)

New York Just as a quick refresher, the last section of New York was easily the worst maintained part of the entire trail. I remember walking through chest-high weeds/shrubs that covered the trail, scrambling over broken boards, and crawling on all fours (with my pack on) to get under fallen trees; all happening in theContinue reading “The Rainy Season (CT through MA)”

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A Family of Trail Angels

Before coming out to trail, I never anticipated the amount of family that would reach out to me and want to meet on trail. Fortunately, they were all very enthusiastic about doing trail magic and meeting the AT through-hiker community. The trail became a long term family reunion for me. I started telling other hikersContinue reading “A Family of Trail Angels”

Northern PA through New York

PENNSYLVANIA After PokéMom left me on the trail, the terrain hit the fan. In the way that God threw a giant boulder into the fan, took the scraps, sprinkled them across the trail, and said “Have Fun!” All the rumors of what was coming came true. Our greatest fears became reality. We hit Rocksylvania. TheContinue reading “Northern PA through New York”

Thursday, June 17, 2021 – Monday, June 21, 2021

PENNSYLVANIA (Easy Part) * Today’s post is brought to you by my Mom, “PokéMom.” * Thursday, June 17 Hey, this is “Pokemom.” (Thank you “Maple” for the trail name.) I drove to Gardners, PA, along with our dog Luna, to meet up with Seany (aka Hokey Pokey) and spent a fewdays on trail with him.Continue reading “Thursday, June 17, 2021 – Monday, June 21, 2021”

Hampton, TN to Damascus, VA (5/5/21-5/16/21)

5/5/21 (9.1 miles, 437.7 cumulative): After spending the night at Boots Off Hostel, I ended up hiking up a few miles to meet back up with some friends. The hike was awesome because I spent the whole morning hiking around Watauga Lake and Dam. The rain did come, and put a damper on some things.Continue reading “Hampton, TN to Damascus, VA (5/5/21-5/16/21)”

Hot Springs, NC to Hampton, TN (153.7 miles, 428.6 cumulative)

I want to give a shout-out to the Windsor Park Elementary students and staff. Thank you so much for the posters you made with words of support. It was all amazing things to say and definitely helped me get over some real tough mountain climbs. All the other hikers reading them appreciated the support asContinue reading “Hot Springs, NC to Hampton, TN (153.7 miles, 428.6 cumulative)”

Franklin, NC to Hot Springs, NC (4/8-4/22/21) Great Smoky Mountains National Park

165.5 miles – 274.9 cumulative miles Just a heads up, I’ll probably be posting updates more sporadically like this, with not as much details. I feel like trying to write a daily update and worrying about this blog/journal takes away from the experience of being out here at times. Plus it uses up battery onContinue reading “Franklin, NC to Hot Springs, NC (4/8-4/22/21) Great Smoky Mountains National Park”

Dick’s Creek Gap to Franklin, NC (4/4-4/7/21)

4/4/21 (9 miles – 78.2 cumulative): Started the day off by leaving my sunglasses at the hostel. I decided to jog the half mile back to the hostel and get back to hiking. The people camping at Dick’s Creek, who I left my pack with, were so nice they gave me a lunch beer andContinue reading “Dick’s Creek Gap to Franklin, NC (4/4-4/7/21)”