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The art of snot rockets and hill sprints!
Let's see, where to begin!
My parents and I took a trip to REI. I exchanged some gear I had previously bought at EMS. (I updated my gear list on this journal). The man helping me asked me if I was nervous. I answered a little bit, but that I thought that was only natural. The more I think about it, the more nervous/excited I get. I have 53 days until my trip; that's 34 days left of high school. Everything that people experience at the end of their senior year, I am feeling now. I've been sporadically thanking people or just lost in a world of wonder! No doubt I'm dying from excitement, but I am also so nervous right now.
Before I go I need to get in some more walking with my pack, boots, and gear (anyone who feels like walking some hills with me on monday, wednesday, or sunday let me know!) Next weekend I am going to see my brother in Rhode Island. We're planning on walking up and down Brown's College Hill, setting up tent, and cooking a meal. Also, next weekend is my last break of high school; wow! I am hoping to do some interviews with previous hikers. I have the name of a few people, but more suggestions are always welcome and greatly appreciated. Before I leave, I also need to sort out where I am going to college; I'm not too good at decision making (one thing I hope to work on)-- that may be the hardest part of this whole process for me!
This past saturday, the marathon team and I ran our first 10 miles together. The team has been an incredible experience for me. Running a marathon takes the same brain power as hiking a marathon every day. Fuel your body, eat to walk/run (not walk/run to eat); when you're without a tissue, hold one nostril and breathe out, HARD (snot rockets!); if you hurt, talk to a friend or distract yourself; keep the faith; listen to your body; and most importantly never quit, never quit, never quit! I owe a big thanks to my running buddies Becca and Alex for training with me even though I won't be next to them at the marathon finish line in the end of April. And of course to Stephi for always cheering me on!!
I've been reading a lot about the trail/ planning my route with Heather. We've changed our plan a little; we're no longer going to do ALL mail drops. We will be grocery shopping the majority of the time and planning mail drops occasionally.
As you may notice, now on my gear list is a solar charger. My plan is to bring some device (probably my dad's old phone) that will allow me to update this blog, contact my mentor (Ms. Veley, thanks!) and send a text message to my parents nightly. Although phones/computers aren't exactly my ideal night activities, my parents & the school have been incredible in allowing me to do this, so anything that brings a little more comfort is a-okay with me!
I can't think of much else to say right now. Thanks for following this. Again, any questions or comments, just let me know!
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org
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