If I Could Make It There… Thoughts On The Appalachian Trail

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Make It Anywhere.”

Make It Anywhere

I know this may be a little bit different from what most people would respond to this post with, but as I’ve never done anything the “normal” way, here we go!

The one place in all the world in which I feel a calling towards is the Appalachian Trail. With frequent childhood travels to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, I had always heard stories of the AT and those who traveled it, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I became aware that thru-hiking this trail was something that seemed worthy of doing.

I know that a six-to-eight months hiking adventure is something to not go into half-cocked. It’s going to be mentally and physically challenging, and there will be times where I just want to quit, but I believe that once I’m there – once I finally reach that end point at Katahdin, Maine – all the hardship and all the trials will be worth it. Just think of all the amazing people I will meet during those long months, and all the wonderful things I will discover while reconnecting with nature. I would have experienced a spiritually enhancing journey that will stay with me for the rest of my life.