I am a 31 year old working mom. I have two children ages 6 & 8. I am newly remarried (two years and counting) and enjoy spending time with the hubs! Even though life is busy I try to take a little time to show what is going on in my world. This blog is mainly for daily happenings, finances and such. I have created a whole new blog at Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker to chronicle my creative sides. You will find recipes, cooking adventures, crafts and a whole lot of digital scrapbook layouts.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Appalachian Trail

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I plan on taking smaller overnight trips in the foreseeable future.
  4. 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.


Suzanne said...

Sharon, what an awesome goal! I'm so excited for you to be working on that. I'm so inspired. Today I took a walk for the first time since Adam was born. 90 minutes--and thinking about you working hard to achieve your goals helps me be motivated to get back into the groove of exercise and getting in shape. Anyway, good for you. You and Emilia will be having a lot of fun. =) I hope to hear about your progress and maybe see some pictures of some of your adventures. Good luck!

Jeannie Bean said...

How interesting! You posted on my blog which led me to read yours- and I see we share more in common than just our stuggles in our faith. I too want to hike the APT! How cool! I am going to add your blog to my favorites and check back often. God Bless!