Unfamiliar Territory

In the past week and a half I’ve gone from New York through Connecticut and Massachusetts and into Vermont. When I finish Vermont there will be only New Hampshire and Maine left for me to complete. I’ve spent basically no time in New England before, so this section is completely foreign to me. So far... Continue Reading →

New York

For the most part, the New York section of trail has treated me extremely well. I spent most of my time in the past week and a half visiting friends and my old home in New York City, but I managed to get some hiking in as well. This part of the trail got a... Continue Reading →

Pennsylvania Blues

This past week and a half was probably one of my worst on trail. I got hit with some heavy rains that turned everything to mud, and the trail has been nothing but rocks since Duncannon. To top it off, after the rain stopped we’ve had consistent 90 degree heat. Pennsylvania was by far my... Continue Reading →

Milestones

This was a pretty big week and a half. I turned 24, hit the 1,000 mile mark, and am now at the not-quite-halfway point of Harper’s Ferry, WV. I also blew through Shenandoah National Park, which I wasn’t a fan of because it’s so touristy and camping spots and water are scarcer than usual. However,... Continue Reading →

Pit Stop

This week started pretty slow and dreary with several days of rain and dampness in a row, which meant that just about everything I owned was soaked for a little while. It's alright for a day or two, but if things are damp for too long it starts to drive you a little bit crazy.... Continue Reading →

More Virginia, Pride Month, and Misogyny

This week and a half I covered some good ground through Virginia, and finally passed from a somewhat boring section into a section with way more landmarks and views, including both Dragon’s Tooth and Macafee Knob. I hit a new highest number of miles with a 25-mile day, which wound up putting me into camp... Continue Reading →

Hiking Back Home

This week definitely came with some rough patches and a little bad luck. Shortly after Damascus I realized that my feet had swollen so much they had outgrown my shoes, so I literally had to cut slits in the sides of my shoes so my feet would have more room. It helped some, but they've... Continue Reading →

Rain, Terrain, and Transness

This week I went from Hot Springs, NC to Roan Mountain, TN with a stop in Erwin, TN, which added up to around 120 miles. The terrain was a little tougher than last week, with lots of climbing and extremely rocky sections. There were a few places I had to throw my trekking poles ahead... Continue Reading →

Solitude, Community, and Trail Legs

This week brought lots of sunny days and some intense hiking. After the snowstorm last Saturday we hiked down into the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where it was about 70 degrees. We spent most of our Easter Sunday drinking beer and lounging by the river, giving thanks for the warmth. In the few days after that... Continue Reading →

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