Well it's official, I've finally given out my blog URL. Last weekend I traveled down to Pennsylvania to celebrate a cousin tying the knot before they moved down to Arizona. During the trip out there we passed underneath a raised highway overpass in New York that was marked 'Appalachian Trail'. My mom pulled hollered at me to rip my attention away from the Crimson Skies source book I was reading to point it out.
The next day we drove to Hawk Mountain to do a morning hike before the small gathering my extended family had planned. The hike had some great views, and the path was actually semi-paved making the mountain handicap accessible. On the way there we passed an AT road crossing as well. Later it was explained to me that the AT didn't go through Hawk Mountain but had to skirt around it because it's conservation land. It was interesting.
All of this being said during the hike it was brought up to my cousin's new mother-in-law that I was planning an AT Thru hike attempt. She was very excited for me and willing to listen to me gush on about gear and planning, something I have a tendency to not do at home.
Then she said one of the coolest things "Well when you come through here, be sure to let us know so we can bring you a food drop." As it goes 'The trail provides'....just in advance at this point.
The trip was cool on a couple levels, the first and most obvious one is that I gained a trail angel! The second is that my mom seemed to be showing me a lot of support already, that really surprised me. The final level is that getting the Pennsylvania and 'hiking' there definitely showed that the AT is filled with really diverse terrain it's not all the same as what can be found in MA or the Whites in NH, while I knew this getting displaced far away from what I am comfortable with really nailed that home.
I should have some gear prep post coming up soon, I have alot of the stuff already and need to test it out. I still am lacking starting shoes, a jacket, and a few other small gear items.