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Nancy "Why Not?!" Huber
City: Gold River
Begins: Mar 27, 2013
Date: Mon, Mar 25th, 2013
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Appalachian Trail Map
I'm on the plane ready to start my third trek across America. Lucky me.
Check out the links below for my other hikes. This time it's the
Appalachian Trail. 14 states. I haven't even been to most of them.
I've had plenty of time (months) to get ready but of course I pushed it to
the limit. Always the procrastinator. After 4 hours of sleep last night I
was ready with 5 minutes to spare before my dear friend Sharell came to
pick me up. I fell asleep as soon as I sat down on the plane.
My other hikes (the PCT and the CDT) were similar. Big views, big
mountains, remoteness, uncrowded and mostly good weather. The AT is
completely different. My motto is "embrace the difference!" I'm expecting
to learn much about rain. I've never put my tent up in the rain. I've only
put it up wet from the night before once. Almost everytime it rained on my
other hikes it was on a day I was headed into town. That is about to
I don't need to rush on this hike. Yippee. It's 500 miles shorter and I
have more months to complete it. I'm hoping to take advantage of every
distraction, side trip, historical site and cultural opportunity that comes
along. I'm planning on seeing Washington DC, Gettysburg, NYC and whatever
else sounds interesting.
The mountains might not be as big but the AT has a reputation of being
extremely hard. Constant ups and downs with no switchbacks over wet rocks
and roots should be plenty challenging. I have been extremely fortunate on
my other hikes and I am not taking anything for granted on this one.
Hot, humid, buggy, muggy, the long green tunnel with lots of rain. That is
what the AT is known for. And everyone loves it and talks of "the AT
experience" like it is some kind of religious experience. It's my
religion. I'm ready.... Bring it on. Teach me as I walk humbly north.
For my hiking partners' journals and photos go to:
Dip 'n Sip: http://trailjournals.com/chrislaganos