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Off to Walk the Appalachian Trail

March 8, 2019

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Em had been watching thru-hiker videos on YouTube for years, carefully buying lightweight gear and becoming an increasingly adept hiker and backpacker -- even though she swears the only reason she hikes is to justify her habit of buying gear.

Then, one spring, she found herself between jobs, with enough money saved, and no other commitments... so she decided to go for it! Off to Atlanta to start the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile walk to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

(Some months later, in June, at a party in our Santa Rosa backyard, I was talking with Flo about this. She recalled that when we hiked Whitney back in August 2015, she smiled a little when Emily exclaimed, "This is so great! I'm going to become a total outdoorsy person now!" And she was more than a little impressed -- not to mentione surprised -- that she had made good on that pledge.)