Archive for the ‘Aftermath’ Category

Boiling Springs

June 23rd, 2011

Remember those monster blister? Well, they won. I did not get nearly as far as I wanted this run on the AT, just made it to the mid-atlantic regional office, about 100 miles. Combined with the dirt, sweat, and mosquitoes made for a pretty miserable time, and I got off the trail early. It is a wonderfully easy and historic (civil war) part of the trail, though.

I think it will be a long time before I consider making another attempt. Better motivation is key, and I think I’d want to do the remaining 1100 miles in one go. I’m all for camping, but hiking multiple days without bathing isn’t so appealing anymore.

So now I’m heading back to DC to see my sister again. Still a rainy summer on the east coast.

With a mighty thanks to my mom for the warm up slack packing, and a renewed appreciation for showers, adieu.

From Mountains to Deserts

August 12th, 2009

Well, I’m now embarking on the adventure that brought me off the trail: Grad School.  I will be studying Intermedia through the Herberger College of Art at Arizona State University.  I hope to resume hiking the AT as early as next May, but that may be more of a financial issue.  Until then, my blogging will return to my personal art blog at  Good luck to everyone still on the trail!


June 12th, 2009

The first thing I noticed when I got to DC was that, amazingly, there were as many women in the train station as there were men.  Might not seem that weird to you, but after living for three months with a 4 to one men to women ratio, I was somewhat dumbfounded.  So yeah, Ladies, if you’re looking for athletic guys in their 20’3 or 60’s, try hiking the trail.

Another thing that’s been weird is just being around people who don’t have the exact same goal as you.  Like, there are all these people living their own lives in the world.  It’s kind of nuts.  I got quite used to everyone doing the same thing and having the same good times and having same problems.

My ability to multi task is at an abominable low, but using the computer is helping it come back.  Decisions are still daunting; there’s so many more options off trail!

And I totally miss fast food.


June 9th, 2009

I just did a little math and it turns out that I spent roughly $1939.00 on the trail.  That does not include gear bought before hand or train tickets.  I had figured that hiking the whole trail would cost between $2000.00 and $3000.00; there’s an old saying that the AT costs one dollar a mile.  Apparently now it’s up to two dollars per mile.  So I guess there’s another good reason for stopping, I was broke!  Good info to know for when I plan the next half.