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Jess - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2017

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City: Aberdeen
State: MD
Country: US
Begins: May 30, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Dec 15th, 2016
Start: Harpers Ferry, WV
End: Linden, VA

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Let them a journey new begin...

"The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone.
Let others follow, if they can!
Let them a journey new begin."
--J.R.R. Tolkien

Officially starting plans for two small hiking trips on the AT next year (2017)! This is our second (and a half, maybe?) shot at a committed trip on the AT. The first was a 14-mile day trek through Harpers Ferry, WV--which is where we caught the bug--and then the 46-mile hike through the MD section. Given how well we did back in 2014 with no experience and Walmart gear, I'm confident(ish) that we can tackle some of the Smokies with more customized gear and a conditioning hike through familiar territory.

Planning has been much more fun this time around. I think it's because of the amateur experience we have. We know enough about what worked and what didn't last time to get an idea of what we need for the future (for example, even when the nighttime temperature is in the comfy upper 50s, I still freeze my butt off in a 40 degree bag). Still, the amount of items, specs, measurements, weights, and reviews to research is almost more intimidating than the topo maps. An exciting challenge.

My favorite part of it all, of course, is listening to the stories and recommendations of the seasoned hikers.
We're ready but far from seasoned. Maybe more like...lightly salted.

Harpers Ferry, WV to Linden, VA
May 26-29

Somewhere in North Carolina--hopefully some of the Smokies, but we'll see...
September 1-4

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AT 2017

"Oh let the sun beat down upon my face
Stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space
To be where I have been"


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