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The Appalachian Trail: Part One

Hiking the Appalachian Trail as a through hiker for me was a dream come true. It had never occurred to me to hike the trail and one night in November 2008 I had a dream. It was so clear it had to be an aberration. Next morning all things and thoughts changed. I called the president of the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and asked if he knew of anyone who had hiked the AT. He said yes and gave me two names. That night I talked to a man whose trail name is Fig Newton the first of two people on the list. I never had to talk to anyone else. Fig and I talked a long time. Near the end of our conversation, Fig said I think I need to come see you at your house. It was an all day of helping me. It gave me four months to get ready and I needed that time. We met again in March before I flew to Georgia and began my hike. I was as ready as I could be and I was a very excited woman to be off on such an awesome adventure. Continue reading