Cohos Trail Day 13, Deer Mountain Campground to Canada

Spoon had arrived shortly after I’d gone to bed but I couldn’t hear it over the neighbors.  I got out of my tent this morning to find him already making wonderful breakfast sandwiches for us.  It was actually an appropriately cold morning for the time of year so hot breakfast was extra awesome. We took… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 12, Neil Tillotson Hut to Deer Mountain Campground

It was actually slightly chilly this morning, the first time on this whole trip.  I hated to leave Tillotson but it felt good to start hiking. We reached Route 3 in short order and crossed over it to the Bog Bridge Trail, named for the 800′ bog bridge there that is believed to be the… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 11, Lake Francis to Neil Tillotson Hut

It was a beautiful morning on the lake.  After eating breakfast and packing up, we walked back down to the little trail we’d found to the beach and took it back to the Lake Francis Trail.  It was an easy, wide trail, only overgrown sometimes, and we made great time to the top of Lake… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 10, Coleman State Park to Lake Francis

I slept wonderfully and woke up to read for a little bit in the early morning.  I could hear the loons on the pond again all morning. After eating breakfast, I went up to the bathhouse to see if any of my laundered clothes were dry.  Some of them were dry-ish but luckily there was… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 9, Baldhead Lean-to to Coleman State Park

It was so warm in the night that I got up to pee just as an excuse to get out of my sleeping bag and stand in the woods for ten minutes.  A mist blew in during the morning that made things feel cooler just because they were damp, and the trees were even dripping… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 8, Nash Stream to Baldhead Lean-to

We had to go back over the bridge this morning and we could see the hornets still flying around their side of it.  Although very paranoid, we went very slowly one at a time and no one got stung this time.  I was happy to be past it.  The stings were swelling even more today… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 7, Stark to Nash Stream

We all met on the porch in the morning to sort laundry and repack while Nancy was making breakfast.  And a delicious breakfast it was with scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, orange juice, potatoes, and sausage bread.  Nancy was an excellent cook and hostess and we really enjoyed our time at the inn.  She’s also very… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 6, Cabot Cabin to Stark

I woke up for a while in the night because it was so warm, even though a mist was coming in and soaking the half of my sleeping bag facing towards the outside of the porch.  I caught a few good glimpses of stars despite the mist. When it was morning, we packed up to… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 5, Jefferson to Cabot Cabin

It was another warm night and I was awoken in the middle of it by Chuckles whisper-yelling at an animal.  Apparently, a skunk was walking around and had walked right over Kyle in his bivy sack. I woke again later in the morning and we all had a leisurely breakfast before going back to the… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 4, Mount Martha to Jefferson

We had briefly discussed yesterday that the sunrise would probably be great from Mount Martha but I’m never very good at getting up that early.  Luckily, I was already awake and reading when I heard someone else whisper “Sunrise!” so I got out of my tent to join the viewing party.  It was a pretty… Read more »

  • Quote

    A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, powerlines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there. I may never in my… Read more »

  • Almost Ready

    I just booked my flight to Atlanta and my shuttle from the airport to the trail! Yesterday I started moving my things into storage, and I have until Thursday to finish and turn in my apartment keys. Friday is my last day at work so I need to finish up some projects there this week…. Read more »

  • How to Prepare for a Six Month Hike

    I often get asked how one can just decide to go hiking and take six months off from regular life. Here is how I did it: Long term planning: 1. Research Google, whiteblaze, amazon, google, google, google. 2. Determine expenses and save lots of money I love 3. Arrange for a leave of absence… Read more »

  • FAQ

    What is it you’re doing again? I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. What is the Appalachian Trail? The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the… Read more »

  • Quote

    If I should labor through daylight and dark, Consecrate, valorous, serious, true, Then on the world I may blazon my mark; And what if I don’t, and what if I do? – Dorothy Parker, “Philosophy” You might also enjoy: Quote Quote Quote

  • It’s happening

    No turning back now. I just sent in my leave of absence application at work, informed my landlord that I’m moving out in March, and informed BBBS that I’ll no longer be able to be a Big Sister. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t scary. I’ve had a messed up sleep schedule recently,… Read more »

  • Book Review: Blind Courage

    I was very interested to read this book about Bill Irwin, the first blind person to thru-hike the AT, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked. While I’m amazed that he and his guide dog, Orient, were able to do the hike, I am still fuzzy as to the details… Read more »

  • Book Review: It’s Always Up: Memories of the Appalachian Trail

    I loved this book by the Mountain Marching Mamas. Starting out with a group of six women, eventually five made it through over twenty years of section hikes to complete the trail. The book switches back and forth between all the women as they go through little vignettes of different parts of trail life. Their… Read more »

  • Book Review: Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips

    While I don’t plan on going ultralight on my thru-hike, I will be lightweight. I’ve been upgrading my gear / paring down what I pack and I think I’m in a pretty good place so far. This book by Mike Clelland will help me to get my pack weight down even a little bit farther…. Read more »