“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
Anyone who knows his story knows he took his view to the extreme and met his ultimate demise. While I’m levelheaded enough not to do the same, I do think McCandless and I share the same views on life to some extent. That quote has kind of been my “theme” this whole time. I’m tired. I’m tired of the same monotony of the day, of work. Working 8-5 day in and day out with the same routine, stuck inside. It’s not for me. I’m ready for a change; I’m ready for a new chapter.
I decided some time ago that I wanted to get away from it all. About 3 years ago I had a major thirst for an adventure. I read a couple of books like “Wild at Heart” and “Through Painted Deserts” which led me to a book about the Appalachian Trail and I was hooked. The book was, “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. I placed myself in the AT hiking community online and later found out that the book was mostly fiction and Bryson is kind of viewed as a joke but nonetheless, it opened my eyes to something awesome.
At first I wanted to “thru hike”, all 14 states from Georgia to Maine. Since then, a lot has happened. While I love the idea of taking 6 months off to do something grand, the reality set in that I just wouldn’t be able afford to take that long off, not without some serious saving. I just didn’t want to wait that long. So I’ve opted to do half of it. I sought out some advice from others whom are closer to the trail and have walked it themselves. I wanted opinions on which half is the best half, Springer Mountain in GA to Harpers Ferry, WV or from Harpers Ferry to Mount Katahdin in ME. Nearly everyone said the Northern part. I was leaning toward that section from the beginning because I’ve heard that’s the tougher section. I’m certainly not averse to that at all. I start my adventure on June 10th when I leave from the shady Greyhound station in Dallas.
That’s the long and the short of it. I didn’t want to make this the same ol’ blog that most people make about all the details of the trail right off the bat. If people have questions, I’ll answer them. I’ll post photos and such throughout my journey and I’ll be making a super sweet video in the end. I’ll post some other writings before I leave. I’m keeping this site to keep my love ones up to date as much as I can.