Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
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.
Next | Index
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.