Night quickly approached as we established camp. Storm clouds crawled over our patch of clearing amidst the dense forest in a somewhat taunting manner. We had not eaten dinner yet, …
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We are nomadic pilgrims in search of exploration and awe.
As a result, we have decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2017. We will leave early February in hopes of completing the 2,200 mile long trail in late June.
Many folks thru-hike this trail each year for a variety of reasons. So what’s ours? Why are we doing this? How does this make sense economically, emotionally, or physically? How can we rationalize spending the six months of our new marriage sleeping in a tent?
To be honest, I don’t think we can answer the ‘why?’ until after we complete the adventure. Much of life does not make sense until seen in retrospect…and even then, there is always a layer of unknowing.
Let me tell you what I do know. We are most assuredly setting out on this adventure for adventure’s sake. The other major reason we are stepping out with faith on this journey is because we are planning to write a book (of sorts) as we hike.
While we both enjoy writing, there is a fundamental difference in writing behind a computer in a coffee shop and writing with pen in a dirt-covered journal at 5,000 feet above sea level on top of a mountain.
I know I know–“Dozens of folks write books about their experience on the AT. You are no different” you muse. We both acknowledge the lack of novelty in our adventure. With that being said, the goal of this writing project is to actually compose the entirety of the book while on the trail (which is novel).
The book will contain a collection of words arranged in various forms-narratives, poems, short stories, and art created by the earth we will commune with.
In the mean time, we thank you for reading and look forward to inviting you along on this journey.