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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #1 - January 1/22/03

Well, we've really hit the point of no return now. Yesterday I told my boss what our plans are, so basically, I quit my job (but not until March 15th for real.) I feel like some kind of a lunatic, like I'm using "hiking the Appalachian Trail" as a euphemism for "checking into the nuthouse." I woke up this morning, wondering if yesterday had really happened. Why should I care so much? If we were truly happy where we are, why would we want to change? That's just it - we're not, it's time. Time to shake things up.

So, in my opinion, we've got the big bases covered - telling our families, and me telling my boss (small company of 10-15 people.) Well, those are my major points, anyway. Andy would say they're stuff like, oh, you know - ah, insurance, storage space, gear, food - important things! ;)

We also have to give our notice to our landlords this month - another scary thought. Beginning April 1st, we will truly be homeless, with no prospects. Our only reality will be a trail we've never seen, in a place we've never been. 2,200 miles of hell and bliss.

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Preparing to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

Commonly used guides by A.T. thru-hikers include the Appalachian Trail Guides (published by the Appalachian Trail Conference), the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion, and the Appalachian Trail Data Book. The guide series includes a guide for each section, along with a series of trail maps. The Thru-Hiker's Companion has helpful info on towns, shelters, and water. The Data Book has basic distance info for road crossings, shelters, and other features. All are excellent tools for use during a long distance hike.




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