Thru-Hiking: Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is February 3rd.

For a lot of you, tomorrow is Friday – hoorah! Your weekend is so close you can taste it and your workweek is finally coming to an end.

For even more of you, tomorrow is just another day in your routine. You’ll wake up to do your normal you things and you’ll go through the entire day without even acknowledging what day it is.

But for us, tomorrow is the biggest day of our lives. Well, second to our wedding day of course, but you get what I mean.

Tomorrow morning, at the butt-crack of dawn, we will load all of our gear into the back of a car and head to Springer Mountain with our families. When we get to Springer Mountain, we’ll bid a farewell not only to the family and friends who have supported us along the way, but to the comforts of society – big and small.


How We Are Feeling

Honestly, we’ve talked about how we are feeling almost every day up to this point, but now that we are so close it is much harder to even explain and I think that is because we truly just do not know how we feel. And it seems right to not know because we have no context for what we are about to do.

We have spent countless hours researching, training, prepping, and dreaming of our thru-hike. And now the time has come to actually start this crazy adventure. In some ways, beginning is bittersweet: we have to say goodbye to so many people we love and to planning. Yet, we also get to experience the fruit of our prepping labors.

Our stomachs are full of butterflies, our legs our itching to hit the dirt, and our minds are restless with wonder. How can the mouth produce an utterance that could capture the complexity of emotions we are experiencing right now?

Anticipation has a funny was of creeping up on you. At one moment, there is peace, tranquility, and expectation of what is about to arrive. Just days later, chaotic questions flood your mind causing you to rethink your decision to live in the woods for six months. But like the slow churning of the sea, those flutterings retreat and peace covers our anticipation once more.



Tomorrow we begin our Appalachian Trail thru-hike

We no longer have to say, “Next year, next month, next week.” But, simply: tomorrow. Everyday after that, we will get to say we are thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.

For those that have followed our journey so far, thank you! We will continue to post regularly (wifi willing) to keep you updated on how we are doing. And to all that are reading, we invite you to join us in this strange anticipation. Find the adventure that awaits for you tomorrow. Discover the joy waiting for you in what is about to arrive, even when you cannot know what that may be. Lean into the mystery of what tomorrow holds.

Thanks for adventuring with us and happy trails to you all 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Thru-Hiking: Tomorrow”

  1. It’s finally here and I know you guys are so excited (I have butterflies just thinking about it myself and I’m not the one doing it)!!! Prayers for you guys always, for safety and protection, for life lessons and adventure, for lots of fun and gleaning wisdom for your future! Love you guys forever and always!!!

  2. Morgan, Andy & I are always cheering for you guys and praying God’s blessings of safety, His direction, and His love to draw you ever closer as you have this special adventure. My mother’s heart is a little nervous for you, but I trust you and all the preparation that you have done that I have read in yours and Martha’s posts. Have a great time. I think it’s really special that you could arrange to do this. I can’t wait to read all about it. Stay in Touch!! Best to you & Logan!!

  3. I am so excited for your guys and have loved following your journey! Please stay safe and have fun. I know you will love it. Every moment will be a memory etched in your mind (and heart), and I know you will make the best of it.

  4. I’m excited for you guys and will hold you close in my heart and in my prayers as you embark on your dream adventure. May God keep you safe and may it be everything you hoped it would be! Hugs & love!! (And be safe!) ???

  5. Kylan and Carrie Knight

    Do it up big. It’s Big Kylan’s life goal to take little kylan aka K2 on the trail from top to bottom before he is 18 years old. I know they will achieve it! he’s an eagle scout and had a master teaching… him like none other…
    So good luck to you both I know you will accomplish amazing things out there spiritually and mentally and learn about each other things you would never have had the opportunity to here in Suburbia so enjoy it! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience squeeeeze every ounce! God bless you both! #livinthedream

  6. Kinda long but on my heart for you two. Blessings abundant await. Imagine big!
    My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
    God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-21‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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