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Before I started my thru-hike last April, the issue of resupplying along the trail made me a little anxious. Where would I shop? Would it be expensive? Were there enough resupply stops to get what I needed, when I needed it? Once I started hiking my fears were eased as I realized a few things

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So Many Reason to Be ThankfulI’ve always been a very independent person. If I didn’t know better, I’d guess that my first words were “I can do it myself!” So when I decided to tackle a 2018 thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, I had no idea how much I would rely on the gifts of

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I don’t know if a thru-hike ever turns out to be what the hiker imagines it will be. Sometimes (most times?) it’s a more amazing adventure than the mind can envision. Other times, thru-hiking is a harsh reality check. The romantic visions of idyllic views and soothing walks along the “footpath” that is the Appalachian

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Other than the fact that many hikers aqua-blaze through Shenandoah National Park, I didn’t know much about the Shennies before I entered the park near Rockfish Gap, except that there were lots of bears here. I was coming off a long break: six days spent resting an injured foot and spending time exploring Staunton (pronounced

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The sun is peeking over the horizon, shedding a warm morning glow over the idyllic grounds of the Woods Hole Hostel. The quiet of the morning is a stark change from the busy place I encountered when I limped up the drive a little after 6 o’clock yesterday evening, ready for a break six days

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Somewhere between the mountain of dirty laundry, scooping the stinky cat litter, and tackling yet another sink full of dirty dishes, it hit me: In less than three weeks, none of this will be my responsibility! As I wind down my thru-hike planning, my attention has turned from counting grams (OK, I still think about

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