5 years ago today year ago I was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I hiked over 200 miles from Georgia to Tennessee. While I would love to go again, I don't think I'll ever have that much time to put life on pause. This year I hope to gear up my new dogs and try a shorter trip with them.
I have so many amazing memories of the places I saw and the people I met on the trail. It's an amazing community of people of all ages and backgrounds. I loved the rare feeling of being cut off from the world and yet feeling so connected to the places and people I passed. Here were some of the highlights.
Helen, GA which looks like a traditional German fairy tale town. We got in fully soaked, dried off, and hit up men's night at a local bar where 7 hikers including myself did a fabulous karaoke version of Bohemian Rhapsody. I also got to try some awesome German food and Spezi which is half Coke/half Orange.
Hiking off a mountain with the group of hikers I had met in a torrential downpour (the trail was more of an ankle deep mudslide) and discovering our first trail magic. Trail Magic is where people leave coolers of food, beer, drinks at trail heads for starving hikers to find.
The stuffed french toast at the Fontana Dam Resort.
Straying from the trail on accident and discovering as it got dark that I was in the middle of a bear sanctuary. This is not really a fond memory but definitely hilarious.Food is always a hot commodity when backpacking. Cravings were always a topic of conversation as well as food related dreams. I was inspired to create a trail worthy snack with my pantry leftovers. Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!