About Me

Hi there! I'm assuming most people interested in reading this journal already know me, but anyways here is a little info about me and my reasons for undertaking the Appalachian Trail this year.

Me
I grew up in South Carolina, then spent my undergraduate years at Duke, graduating last May. From there, I moved out to California to pursue my Master's at UC Berkeley. I'll graduate this May, with the end goal of practicing civil engineering. After graduation, however, I'm going to attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. As far as I can tell, this is the best opportunity I'll have to accomplish a goal that's been in the back of my mind for a few years now.

Motivation
I would be lying if I said I love being outside. I'm just fine inside or outside. I don't really get stir crazy. Now, I do love being outside in a place I love. On top of the list of places I love are the mountains, specifically the Blue Ridge. It's been that way as long as I can remember.
My sophomore year of college, my girlfriend at the time introduced me to the Appalachian Trail and told me that every year, people try to hike the whole thing in one go. They're called thru-hikers, and she wanted to join their ranks after college was over. I was infected by this idea too, so now, about three and a half years later, I am on the verge of embarking on the journey.
I am drawn to this kind of adventure because it allows me to be self-sufficient and because it has a very clear instruction manual: you walk. Real life is filled with goals that have a thousand different approach paths. The Appalachian Trail, or A.T., is exactly one path. I crave that kind of simplicity, just for a few months.

4 comments:

  1. Aaron,
    I think I know your grandfather in Asheville--Dale York. I admire what you are doing. I wish I had done it myself. Your blog is interesting. At my age, one can only imagine how great you must feel about the actual accomplishment.
    Good Luck.
    I hope to meet you sometime
    Mike Morris






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  2. keep it up aaron!! you never cease to amaze me with your accomplishments!

    -cousin mike (ohio) =)

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