In the last year I have become increasingly obsessed with the Appalachian Trail. It started with a book I read that a friend wrote. I thought it was really interesting, but certainly something I would never be a part of beyond reading. I had spent a good portion of my adult life thinking that I hated hiking mostly due to one negative person in my life. As it turns out, that isn’t the case at all.
It really started when I took an assignment in southwestern Vermont. I was located close to a trail crossing and I ended up going to a “hiker feed” that was sponsored by the Green Mountain Club. I was finally experiencing the hiker culture in real life and I fell hard and fast.
I have read as much as I could get my hands on and I still find new things to read every day. I became a member of the Appalachian Trail Convservancy and will talk about the trail any chance I get. I have certain go-to friends who share my crazy obsessive nature in regard to the AT and hiking in general.
Recently, I spent a weekend in a resort tucked into the White Mountains-The Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa. It was a spectacular weekend with some incredible views and fun not soon forgotten. I admit, that of all the AT, I am most nervous about the Whites and Maine. I have heard time and time again that it’s the hardest part of the trail. But, what a challenge to overcome it! So, as I sat on the beautiful wrap around porch staring at Mt. Washington, I couldn’t help but mentally wander along that amazing trail that defines the true outdoor experience.