Appalachian Trail 2010

The Two

AT Approach Trail Start
These people do not know what they are getting themselves into!

AT Approach Trail Start
But they are going to make it to Maine!

This trail—-is so flat! I did not think it at the time! Only miles will tell you that.

Two years. Two years ago since we went to Georgia and started our Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I’ve always wanted to use the blog title ‘The Two’. Why? Because I am a huge Alias fan and the first episode of Season 3 is titled The Two. It is about Sydney’s return to the CIA after two years, two years she has lost and her life is completely different.

I haven’t lost two years, but it sometimes seems like that. Two years ago I couldn’t have fathomed I’d be where I am today. Not that I am anywhere special, but a lot has happened in two years. I would have told myself two years ago to not be so panicky and homesick, to have enjoyed the first 1,000 miles more. That those five months would be with me for the rest of my life and I will always wish I could spend some more time on the trail, that I’d turn to the AT calendar at my desk at work and wish I was wherever that month’s photo was taken.

AT Sign
I often wonder how other people feel as the distance and years grow between their thru-hike start and end dates. All I can say it that you should do something big and interesting with your life, something that is meaningful to you and will make you remember it forever.

And the pink hair? I’ve wanted pink hair ever since I saw the pilot episode Truth Be Told. It was a good time to try that kind of hijinks, but sometimes I want to do it again in ‘real’ life.

So, with Springer Fever arriving, I’ll read some Trail Journals and ‘walk’ north with this years incoming hikers and enjoy the trail all over again.


  • Joan (Hemlock)

    Really enjoying reading your blog! So inspiring! And the photo with the pink hair made me laugh. I used to dye my hair purple in college, and always think that if (when?) I take off a few months to go backpacking, I’m going to do that again, since I can’t with my “real” job. Glad to know I’m not the only one!

  • Patrice

    You are right. Those months on the trail will be with us forever. And yes, the time between the adventure and the present will grow, but at least it happened. It is amazing to look back and see how far you came!!! (not just distance-wise, but character growth)

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