Random thoughts, musings and things I think are interesting…

  • Day 5 – stealth site 1 mile south of Blue Mtn Shelter to Sasassafras Gap

    Day 5 – stealth site 1 mile south of Blue Mtn Shelter to Sasassafras Gap

    Today was a good and hard day. I ended up less than a mile from my intended campsite. Still close enough for a short 6 mile hike out to the hostel but not where I had planned on when the day started. Speaking of the day starting, I got to see my first sunrise on…

  • Day 4 – Baggs Creek Gap to a back country camping site about 1.7 north of Chattahoochie Gap

    Day 4 – Baggs Creek Gap to a back country camping site about 1.7 north of Chattahoochie Gap

    Last night and this morning were cold. It got down to 22 with a windchill of below 10. Despite that I had my best night of sleep yet! Nearly 7 hours uninterrupted and then another 2. Knock wood, my gear has been doing amazing well for me so far. My Topo shoes still look and…

  • Day 3 – Lance Creek to Bags Creek Gap

    Day 3 – Lance Creek to Bags Creek Gap

    So after getting all worked up about “the first real climb nobos face” (aka Blood Mountain), it turned out to be the best part of the hike so far. There were at least 20 other through hikers that stayed at Lance Creek last night (it’s the last spot you can camp without a bear can…

  • Day 2 – Sassafras to Lance Creek restoration area

    Day 2 – Sassafras to Lance Creek restoration area

    Last night was a little rough. The last couple miles up sasssafras took their toll, I’d not really slept well the night before (combo of pre hike jitters and sleeping on a pull out couch) and while the views were beautiful the ridge got super windy after midnight and the rangers were out practicing (helicopters…

  • Day 1 -Springer to Sassafras

    Day 1 -Springer to Sassafras

    Day 1 is in the books. I couldn’t have imagined a better day or way to start. Woke up and showered at the Airbnb. Is there such a thing a mindful showing? 😆. Left with the kids around 9 and headed to Waffle House for a big breakfast. Happened to be the same one I…

  • All that’s left to do is walk

    All that’s left to do is walk

    Rolled in to our AirBNB last night around 8. Headed over to Amicalola today and got tagged, weighed and checked in. Hiker tag: 1134 Starting weight: 23.4 lbs (with food and water) Start date: 3/16 (starting a day earlier than last planned…weather is in my favor so no sense waiting any more!) Now all that’s…

  • Giving thanks

    Giving thanks

    This is likely the last post I’ll make here from the comfort of my office and the spaciousness of my laptop keyboard. From here on out it will be mobile posts from my phone. I’ve got a few last minute home and hiking prep tasks to take care of today and then heading south tomorrow…

  • Blazekeeping

    Blazekeeping

    One other small detail I need to work out before my hike is how strict I’m going to be on only the AT and the entire AT. As I understand it there is strict “white blazing” which means you hike all the AT and only the AT to the point of walking back out of…

  • Keeping track

    Keeping track

    13 days from now I’ll be taking my first steps on the approach trail. Most things are as ready as they can be AND there’s not much time left to make any drastic changes, so I fill the remaining time mostly just enjoying the family, friends and comforts of home. The 1-mostly time gets stuffed…