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  1. A breakthrough

    I had a breakthrough moment with the parents last night.

    I brought down the mail drops from my room and showed my parents how to send them and also gave them a map of the AT, one of the free ones you get from Shenandoah NP. Both of them were on their laptops looking up parts of the trail, shelters, towns, vistas. They were talking about where relatives are near the trail and about resupplies and "what to do if this happens" scenarios. There was excitement buzzing, not the ...
  2. And Here I Sit, Part 2

    Grrrrrrr. The weather is absolutely gorgeous outside. While I should appreciate the view from my upstairs window I can't help but think how much better the view would be from somewhere on the trail. With five days to go (again), I am more impatient than ever.

    At least I haven't touched my pack or other gear in two days, so maybe that's an indication of some amount of resignation that the trip will start at some point, I just have to sit back and let things come to me.

    What ...

    Updated 03-01-2012 at 12:34 by bgood360

  3. Not too far off

    Three years from today. My wife and kids will drive the seven miles from our home.To the Appalachian approch Trail.
    Where I will start the trip of a life time.

    Yes I said three years After three good starts that ended with me at home and off the trail it's time to do it right.

    Updated 03-01-2012 at 01:40 by trucker2015

  4. Checking Backpack at airport?

    Flying from Seattle to Atlanta. Any advice on how to pack the pack? I was thinking of putting backpack inside old duffel bag with padding closed with small lock?.
  5. And Here I Sit

    If all had gone according to the original plan, I'd be enjoying a great dinner at Amicalola State Park and Lodge right now and later on probably fussing with my gear one last time, anticipating an early start in the morning, up the Approach Trail.

    As it stands, I'm in my favorite chair by the fireplace, petting the dog, poking around on the 'Net, and congratulating myself on how well that bratwurst did on the grill, especially with the onions and tomatoes sizzling next to them.

    Updated 02-28-2012 at 21:20 by bgood360