An Appalachian Trail Series – Maine

281.8 miles
21 days (09.16 – 10.07)

Fun Fact: The state of Maine has the highest moose population in the lower 48 states. As the largest member of the deer family, Maine has approximately 60-70,000 of the cute, gangly and DANGEROUS creatures. While aggression is not their norm, they can resort to it when a cow moose protects its young or when the bull moose is in the rut. As always, stay aware of your surroundings, observe from afar, and don’t be like these assholes who throw snowballs at them.unnamed.jpg

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An Appalachian Trail Series – New Hampshire

160.9 miles
14 days (09.02 – 09.16)

Fun Fact: The New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Trail has the highest average elevation gain of the entire trail at 329 feet/mile. Be prepared. This state can totally kick your ass (in the most beautiful way possible, of course).

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Live free or die.

It’s not my motto though some may argue that it could be (just kidding, I like to think I’m far more hardcore than I actually am).

It’s the motto of the great state of New Hampshire.

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An Appalachian Trail Series – Vermont

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them.”

-Rose Kennedy

149.8 miles

12 days (08.21-09.02)

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When people ask me “What is your favorite section of the Appalachian Trail?” it’s tough to form a response. Is this question in reference to the scenery and beauty? Is this an inquiry into the amazing people I was surrounded with? Or, perhaps a particular moment or timeframe in which I felt the most enlightened? Continue reading

An Update from the Mile-High City

As I am sitting in our new apartment, while Rob is at work, I’m thinking about how much I love our new city and trailed off to “Huh, I haven’t updated too many people on what it is we are actually doing.”

Yes, we’ve finally committed. Not to a mental institution, though that may have seriously been the first thought on some of your minds, but instead to a place to settle down for a little while. While home in Michigan, our response to where we were heading after the Colorado Trail varied from one day to the next: Continue reading

Road Trip Pictures

Earlier this year, we were fortunate enough to be able to travel through California and Oregon, and some other awesome states, on our drive back to Michigan. Just because our PCT dream fell through this year didn’t mean we were going to let it put a damper on our time out west. The following pictures are some of our favorite shots from our travels. Enjoy! Continue reading

Why the PCT?

The Pacific Crest Trail is one of three long-distance hiking trails comprising what is known as the “Triple Crown”. Having completed the Appalachian Trail already, that left the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail on our bucket list. The natural progression for most hikers is to start with the Appalachian Trail as a sort of introduction to thru-hiking. Once completing that, and assuming that you actually enjoy tormenting your body for months on end, the next step is the Pacific Crest Trail.

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