Ground thawing, snow disappearing, thoughts warming, birding singing more. My heart and mind turns to thoughts of the Appalachian Trail! Welcome to Monday Flashback.
There will be nothing to compare with it — standing at that iconic bronze plaque atop Springer Mountain in Georgia, with a journey of over 2100 miles lying before you. You will feel exhilaration and anxiety, both creating a complex stew in your stomach. You’ll snap a picture of the marker. If someone else is present you’ll have them take a photograph of you standing by the tablet. Then, hoisting your pack for the first of what will be countless times, you’ll take that first indelible step. All is in readiness. The months of reading and thinking and planning behind you. The compass of your heart points North.
As you journey, keep this in mind:
The trip is a messy, dirty slog and you won’t get a decent shower or bath too often. But you will find…
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