Sorry my posts have been few and far between. Actually I’ve written a couple of times and just not posted. I’ve been busy and my thoughts have been all over the place. Last year when I did the PCT I started planning and stuff like a year in advance. For the AT it has really been last minute. Honestly I’ve had my doubts about actually doing it right up until I bought the plane ticket. So the ticket has been bought and I’m in stage 3 of planning a thru hike. Stage 1 plan/read/research everything, stage 2 panic, stage 3 just go with it. Yep, 2 weeks out and I’m just going with it, whatever will be, will be.
So I am super excited about being back on the trail. I look forward to the AT trail culture, emotional rollercoaster, physical challenge and personal metamorphosis that comes along with thru-hiking. Leaving behind the comforts of home, friends/family to embark on something mentally, emotionally, and physically taxing is both frightening and exhilarating. I’m a lot more nervous this time and for the life of me I can’t pin point why.
I know the AT will be different and I’ll face many challenges. The AT, I’ve heard, is more social with way more people than the PCT. While I have been called a social butterfly, being social for me can be draining. Sometimes this butterfly just wants to hide. We’ll see how that goes. It should help that I am avoiding the town/social vortex, well that’s the plan. My time is dictated by my funds so I don’t have time to, you know, “dilly dally”. But the trail should be enjoyed not rushed through. Yes I’ve heard. Well someday I’ll be back to “dilly dally”, right now I’m on a mission.
Did I mention I read Appalachian Trials, it’s a great read thru hiker or not! I kinda wish they’d make a movie out a of book like that or one of the numerous greatly written blogs that I read. Initially I thought my own blog would just be me rambling, and it is. But really didn’t think anyone would read it. So thanks for reading and commenting. Everyone’s support and encouragement means the world to me.