Adventure Girl Trail Tales: #18 (Fin)

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As I mentioned last week, I started this journal on March 4th. That night, the family gathered at a local restaurant to celebrate Adventure Girl’s ‘take off’. After dinner, we surprised Adventure Girl by moving the party to my brother’s house (Adventure Girl’s house).

Sure, Adventure Girl needed sleep, because she was beginning her 2,100 mile hike in the morning. Still, we wanted to celebrate. We wanted her to know we were behind her 100% (from the comfort of our couch).

My family consists of a crazy bunch of kids adults. We spare no expense when it comes to showing our support for one another. Case in point, when three of my sisters arrived at my brother’s house, they came with hiking gear. My sisters were all packed and ready to join Adventure Girl on her journey. They were going to walk with her – side by side. Well, at least as far as the car. Continue reading

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Adventure Girl’s Trail Tales: Update #17

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Out of the thousands of hikers that attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian trail, only one out of four make the hike to the end. Well my friends, come Thursday morning, July 28th, my niece – Adventure Girl – will be one of the four.

On March 4th, I wrote my first post about Adventure Girl’s journey. I was writing a letter to and for Adventure Girl, wishing her luck as she began her journey. I had no intention of writing about her journey on a weekly basis. However, my readers – you guys – requested updates. You guys connected with Adventure Girl, and you wanted to live vicariously through her journey (from the comfort of your couch).

On April 2nd, I wrote my first official Trail Tale. 16 posts and 4 month later, I am sad to see this journey end. I’ve had such fun experiencing the trail through Adventure Girl’s eyes, without the blisters, aches and pains. Still, every journey comes to an end, and Adventure Girl is nearing the end of her own journey. Please enjoy an update she posted July 19th: Continue reading

Adventure Girl’s Trail Tales: Update #16

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When we last left Adventure Girl, she was so close to Maine. So very close. And now? Adventure Girl has entered the great State of Maine!

The countdown clock was started and continues to tick with a seemingly increasing speed. With just over 10 days remaining on her journey, Adventure Girl has the end of the tunnel in her sight. With mixed emotions, she continues her journey step by step.

I’m not sure what I’ll do, once Adventure Girl reaches the finish line. Perhaps I’ll stalk her adventure as a freshman in college. Nah, some things are best left private.

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Adventure Girl’s Trail Tales: Update #15

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Last Saturday had me frazzled. Several days had passed without a word from Adventure Girl. We were worried. By we, I mean AG’s parents, Aunts, Uncles, etc. However, if you read the post last week, you know we finally received a SPOT update and AG was fine.

For the record, Adventure Girl was actively posting to SPOT. However, if the batteries are not working, the updates will not go through. Remember that fact, future hikers.

On July 3rd, Adventure Girl was located off I-93 near Highway 112 in New Hampshire. She was officially in the thick of the White Mountain National Forest. Pushing herself hard all week, Adventure Girl will enter the great State of Maine today. Continue reading

Adventure Girl’s Trail Tales: Update #14

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This update will be short. When I started writing the update, we had not heard from Adventure Girl since Wednesday June 29th. Worry had settled in … Thankfully, I just received a message from Adventure Girl’s Mom. The SPOT updates are not going through, but Adventure Girl is fine.

Though reception deep within the AT is sporadic at best, Adventure Girl has done a great job of checking in with her family throughout her journey. I suppose, as she nears the final thick of things, we’ll have to accept the fact that updates will be days apart.

Her last SPOT update had her straddling the New Hampshire/Vermont border somewhere along Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. On Monday June 27th, she accessed her Facebook account from the hostel where she stayed for the night. She wrote on Facebook, “Less than 450 miles left! Whooo!  The mental preparation for The Whites begins! Continue reading