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.
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.
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.