This is my first post - an introduction to my adventures. I will be attempting a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in March of 2011. I recently graduated from the University of Georgia and with no real desire for "permanent" stability in my life just yet, I have decided to follow one of my childhood dreams. I spend my days planning and dreaming and anticipating this trip by reading current thru-hiker blogs and journals and researching as much as I can about equipment and the trail. I go through waves of intense excitement followed by the very real fear that accompanies thrusting myself completely out of my comfort zone and into the wild. I have wanted to do this for as long as I can remember and now seems like the time to do it. It's raining outside right now and I can't help but think about where I will be this time next year. It will pour on me and there will be no roof over my head.
I know that this experience will change me. It will change the way that I look at things, the way that I live my life. This scares me and exhilarates me equally as much. I want to push myself beyond limits both physically and emotionally. I want to stand on top of Mt Katahdin and have that feeling of accomplishment. I want to be able to say I did it.
I will be writing on here sporadically leading up to my tentative departure date of March 15, 2011. It feels so far away, yet I know that these 8 months or so will fly by.