I think my wife, Morgan, was 15 years old when she decided she wanted to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. She’s from Flowery Branch, Georgia (and if you ever have the privilege of meeting her, you will quickly discover how suiting it is that she is from a place called ‘Flowery Branch’). She grew up hiking the Appalachian Mountains with her whole family.
At a much lower elevation in Jacksonville, Florida, I found myself planning a section hike of the AT after my first year of college. That section hike changed the course of my life in many ways…that’s when I discovered my desire to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
We met our sophomore year of college, fell in some serious love, discovered our mutual desire to thru-hike the AT, and just got married this past June. Our wedding took place in the foothills of the Appalachians where we will begin a six-month adventure of a lifetime in February of 2017.
Since we made the decision to thru-hike, everyone keeps asking the same question: why?
Why on earth would you spend six months of your first year of marriage hiking 2,181 miles while sleeping in a tent/shelter while eating freeze-dried food? Why would you choose to not take a paycheck for six months? Why would you intentionally put your body through such deprivation?
To be honest, I’m not 100% sure I do know why.
But, I can try my best to tell you why we are thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. We are thru-hiking as a response – a response to a call that comes from somewhere deep within us that evades understanding. We are thru-hiking for adventure’s sake. We are thru-hiking to learn more about each other, the nature around us, and what it means to be a better, more courageous, human being. We are thru-hiking because we are couple that believes in saying ‘yes’ to outrageous ideas and opportunities.
In February of 2017 - while the air is still crisp and the Great Smoky Mountains still (well, maybe) have snow - we will take the first steps of our thru-hike with our Siberian Husky, Pneuma. We will travel northbound from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. We will experience highs, lows, and probably many mountains of silent trekking.
Most of all, however, we will probably figure out why we are thru-hiking after it is all said and done. And we would love for you to share the journey with us.
Written by Logan and Morgan: Logan and Morgan are hiking the Appalachian Trail starting in February of 2017. They are sponsored by Big Outdoors, and we will be checking in on them from time to time!
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