2 Year Appalachian Trailiversary

On April 4th, 2013, I quietly tossed my backpack into the backseat of my Chevy Cavalier and drove 3 or so hours through strong storms to Amicalola Falls State Park in NW Georgia.

I arrived at 4:30 pm, registered at the visitor's center and with their permission, hung a card from my rear view window that read "back in 6 months." I read some journal entries at the hiker shelter before my itchy feet hit the 8.8 mile approach trail to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

As I crossed my the first stream, my eyes matched the moisture misting upon mountain before me as I felt a profound sense of joy and gratitude for the journey ahead.