I have a desire to backpack the Appalachian Trail. (For those of you who don't know what it is...it is a 2,170 +/- hiking trail that extends from Ga to Maine) Now I realize that this is a VERY ambitious desire/thought. But it is not like I plan on leaving home tomorrow. There are a lot of things that I need to do in preparation for this trip. I know that this will be a 3+ year endeavor.
- I will need to get into a lot better shape. Some extra padding won't kill me, but the physical exertion of carrying it will be hard. I have started walking daily... and plan on doing dayhikes in the surrounding state parks.
- I will need to purchase the necessary equipment - I have been pricing around and it is going to cost me $700+ dollars for all the things I will need.
- I plan on taking smaller overnight trips in the foreseeable future.
- One of the trips I would like to do in the spring of next year is to hike the Bartram Trail. It is a 37 mile trail in Northern GA. It will take 3-4 days.
I am getting Emilia some backpacking gear and she will go with me on the smaller trips....It will be our special thing. I have found a hiking meet-up group here in Augusta and have joined it. I am hoping to go on some hiking trips with them. They mostly do day trips...but maybe I can meet a few people who would be interested in doing overnighters. I think the biggest problem we will have would be teaching her how to pee in the woods without getting her drawers wet. Ha, ha, ha I hope that she enjoys hiking....I think we will try it before buying her any special equipment.
Any of the long trips I will hope to find a female companion to go on it with and I know that it is not exactly ideal to go out in the woods alone, but we will see.