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Trail Magic – Love It or Hate It?

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy states: The term “trail magic” was coined by long-distance hikers to describe an unexpected occurrence that lifts a hiker’s spirits and inspires awe or gratitude. “Trail magic” may be as simple as being offered a candy bar by a passing hiker or spotting an elusive species of wildlife. The work of......

Hiking Haleakala Crater

If you are planning on going to Maui, or if you’ve ever been to Maui, chances are that you have a certain set of expectations about what your time there will be like. The Valley Isle is famous for its climate, perfect beaches, snorkeling, laid-back style of life, winding highways to sacred pools, and the…

One Photo, One Story: A Family Hike Up Angels Landing in Zion National Park

By Michael Lanza Just a few weeks ago, en route to a family backpacking trip down Paria Canyon on the Utah-Arizona border, we had a few hours to kill in Zion National Park—a great place to kill a few hours. … Continue reading ?

Yellow is Our New Color and We Have a Trail Name: Davenport Gap to McAfee Knob

Adam and I have been yellow and white blazing for nearly a month. We are still processing that we are no longer thru-hikers. Physically, this was an easy adjustment. Emotionally, it has been more difficult. We want to be on the trail all of the time, but we know that the decision we made to......

Finally on the Trail!!

Disclaimer: Please excuse any errors in this blog. It was extremely difficult to post this story on my “thingy”. Even the pictures wouldn’t cooperate. They are all sideways and in the wrong place and I cannot figure out how to fix it on my ‘thingy”. Very frustrating. maybe I can fix it later! I’ve been working......

10 Glorious Tips for Hiking in the Rain

10 Glorious Tips for Hiking in the Rain I started my thru-hike this week on Monday. The forecast said rain all week, but I was determined to start my hike, knowing that eventually I would need to deal with rain. Let it be known- this was a rough week, but in the process, I......

Smokey Mountain Breakdown: Part II

After a 3×5 foot sketch of Christ and a stack of biblical literature greeted us at the front desk, The Grand Prix Motel became our home for the night. Gatlinburg, we learned, is a redneck “tourist Mecca,” and the streets and pubs were packed. Ten-or-so hikers gathered for dinner at a mediocre bbq joint with a bottomless salad......

Boot Breakdown : The Salomon Forces Line

22 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Hiking Boots

From the wild to the field, Salomon boots are built to excel. Meeting end-user demand, the French company took existing boots in their expansive mountaineering and extreme sports repertoire and adapted them for tactical operations. From there, the... Read More

The Adventure Has Just Begun!!

As we set off on the AT I never would have guessed all the awesomeness that would come along. Cornsilk, Kaveman, Keebler, Blue dog and myself (Zoltan) knew that we would be taking the first month to acclimate to hiking everyday, but never would have imagined all the fun we would have in doing so.......

First 3 weeks on the AT

7.You quickly learn to walk wide legged… So many things learned in the past 3 weeks. My journey started on a very rough note where I completely lost my appetite, pushed for too many miles trying to keep up, and basically made this trip feel like a job. So I decided to take 6 days......

From Franklin to Charlotte and Other AT Adventures

Well friends, it’s been a while since I have had a moment to blog, so you will have to bear with me if this is extremely long or drawn out. I’ll do my best to be brief, but a lot has happened. Leaving Franklin and Hitting the NOC After a second delicious free pancake breakfast......

How I Wrote a Book Proposal and Found a Literary Agent

Many of you have written to ask how I found a literary agent so I’ve pulled my favorite resources together and hope that this information will help you too.

PMS’ing girl in the woods

Here’s an idea.. Let’s throw a PMS’ing girl into the woods, have her hike literally up & down mountains for 9 hours a day as she gets pummeled w/ rain for 3 consecutive days. Yup, that’s me. Man, hiking the AT is much more challenging than I considered! I no longer am exactly sure what sort...

Trail Life (137.3 Miles)

As I am again in a hostel escaping the rain I figured this would be a good opportunity to detail a typical day for myself on the AT. 7-8 AM Wake up and make some delicious oatmeal with peanut butter,  cinnamon,  and honey. Break down tent and repack my pack whether its raining or not.......

Crunch Time and Hiking Lists of Quotes

Monday meant crunch time for me. My husband is booked to have dinner with the almighty Alabama football coach, Nick Saban (don’t ask..), and I am now leaving a day earlier. That one day rushed me into a whirlwind. This week has consisted of letting myself get to the point of starving Marvin status before......

The Cowboy In Us All

In crazy anticipation of The Hike, I’ve been reading every blog that comes through Appalachian Trials from past, future and current hikers, layering myself in second-hand experience and expectation, identifying with emotions and fears, losing myself in familiar words from strangers. Show More Summary

Trail Update #1: The Ups and Down of the First 100 miles

General Update: 13 days in, time for an update but I have no idea where to start! The journey so far has been a roller coaster in every way imaginable. The terrain has been up and down and up again, but the climbs haven’t been overwhelming. The ascent of the New Zealand trails make the......

Adventures in Dehydrating

In the past I’ve mentioned the fact that I would be home-preparing most of our meals for our summer of thru hiking and, for the past two weeks, my food dehydrator has been running nonstop!  I’ve dehydrated more than 8 pounds of mixed frozen vegetables, countless cups of rice, black-eyed peas, and even my own......

Muddy Buddies: On Dry Feet and Big Boots

In the past couple days, I have ascended some fantastic balds such as Wayah, Wesser and Standing Indian, which offer incredible views of the southern Nantahala mountains in North Carolina. Of course, when I passed them, it was pissing down rain and the fog was as thick and sticky as a white shower curtain. But......

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