Adventure Girl Trail Tales: Update #4

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When we last left Adventure Girl, she had hung her backpack up for the night somewhere near Bland, VA. Since then, she’s traveled about a hundred miles closer to her destination of Mount Katahdin, ME. Of course, she’s still has half of to Virginia cover and months of hiking ahead of her.

Months of hiking. Are you grasping that fact? Months. Not hours; not days; not weeks; months. Go ahead. I’ll give you a moment to think about it. Continue reading

Adventure Girl Trail Tales: Update #2

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When we last left Adventure Girl, she was settling in Erwin, TN. Her plans were to enjoy a 0-mile hike day by watching a marathon of movies – VHS style. VHS stands for Video Home System. VHS predates DVD and Blu-Ray players. Ask your parents, if you don’t understand. Just remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question. In fact, while keeping up with Adventure Girl’s travels, I had to ask “What does slack-pack mean?” In a minute, I’ll share that answer with you. Continue reading

Adventure Girl Trail Tales, Update #1

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My niece, Adventure Girl, began her journey on the Appalachian Trail on March 5, 2011. Heading north (thereby called a Northbounder), she hopes to reach Mt. Katahdin, ME sometime in August. To get an idea of the terrain and sights she will encounter, check out the video I have included. Continue reading

A Trail Blazing Adventure Begins Now

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March 5, 2011 is a big day. Frankly, March 5th is a huge day. Though we’ve known about the plan for over a year, the date seemed rocket forward at warp speed. March 5th is the day my 18yr old niece is hitting the trail. More specifically, my niece is hitting the Appalachian Trail (AT) at the southern starting point, Springer Mountain, and heading north towards the ending point, Mount Katahdin. My niece is a Northbounder. Continue reading