Life is Sweeter with Less to Carry

Earlier in the week I met a 66 year old retired Army Ranger at the Woody Gap trailhead. We struck up a conversation and I found out that he had thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014. We talked for about an hour. He graciously answered every question that I asked. It was a lot to absorb but the main lessons I took away was to travel light. 

Sunday Trail Magic

And his story was all about trail magic. The term trail magic is defined as an unexpected act of kindness that is a quintessential part of the Appalachian Trail experience. Hearing his story confirmed that this existed in spades on the AT.

Never Alone

I was well rested. I got up and organized my space for a couple of hours. I typically don't worry too much about money. It comes when it needs to in various forms. But it was weighing heavier than usual this morning. New York really drained what little money I had saved and I really don't know how I'm going to make it financially on this new path. 

A New Direction

A couple of weeks ago I had a profound day in Upstate New York (more on that later). It became crystal clear that I needed to fulfill a lifelong dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail from beginning to end. Since being struck with this revelation, I've been focused on doing everything I can to make this dream a reality.