A New Direction

A New Direction

9/20/2017

Stock photo of the Appalachian Trail

Stock photo of the Appalachian Trail

It's been almost a year now since I started living on the road. In that time I've learned a lot about  what "home" means and about living lighter. I've taken a much needed break from social media and really focused on connecting with the people I meet face to face. Those of you who follow my work know that I've also largely taken a break from posting stories. That was also a much needed break but I'm ready to get back to work.

A couple of weeks ago I had an 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.

My first major move in that direction was leaving New York for the North Georgia Mountains where I arrived three days ago and plan to stay until my departure date which is tentatively set for April 15th, 2018.  

I have to be honest. There's so much I don't know yet. I don't know how the hike will be funded or even exactly how much it will cost. I know that I want to gather the stories and pictures of people I meet on the trail to create a future book, but beyond that I don't know what the final book will look like. More than anything I don't know if I can physically and mentally pull off a five to six month, 2,190 mile hike.  

What I do know is that I feel extremely compelled to make the long walk to Mount Katahdin. It's the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing that crosses my mind as I drift off.  And every bit of time I can spare in between is spent embedded in this new world that I have so much to learn about.

So for now, this is where I'll focus much of my attention. This is the first entry in my Trail Journal. I plan on keeping it as real as the Hidden South has always been. I'll share some of the entries on the social media but the best way to keep up with the journey is to subscribe to The Hidden South Trail Journal below.

Thanks for your continued support as I begin this new adventure.

-BW

Never Alone

Never Alone

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