My desire to hike the Trail has something to do with a totally separate adventure my dad and I embarked on in the summer of 2007. Riding a bicycle across the United States was an idea that I joked with him about years before, and not long after the introduction of the thought, we started seriously planning. That summer we cycled just under 3,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. This trip got me hooked on the thought of adventure. The people we met, the sights we saw, it truly changed my view of the world, and sent me back to high school with an outlook far different from my classmates.
Fast forward 6 years. I've got a great job as an independent contractor for media and event productions around the world. I love what I do, who I have the pleasure of working with, and the opportunities it affords me. However, it started really bothering me when I realized how much time I spent in front of a digital screen between work and social lives. We literally live on our phones. I wanted to take the time at this point in my life to get back out there and feel the sense of adventure and thrill that the '07 bike trip allowed for.
What started out as a joke a little over a year ago, blossomed into a real plan and a driven desire to hike this amazing trail. So that's the back story- there's the why. I'm not good at updating things regularly, nor have I ever had a blog before. I'm hoping that this will work out well, and I'll be able to share the last few months of my planning and the duration of my hike with you.