I've been getting really excited about my upcoming AT hike through Maryland with a couple of my good friends. I've got all my gear, all my clothes and am working today on detailing the menu. I have last night's Lentils with Onions and Ajwain drying in the dehydrator to take with us this weekend on our practice hike at Mohican State Forest. Yesterday, I took the Katadyn water purifier apart to familiarize myself with it again and cleaned the filter. I also took at 2.5 mile walk in the neighborhood with Alan in my hiking boots. Tomorrow I'm doing more shopping for trail food.
Two yeas ago, in June of 2011, Alan and I hiked 40 some miles through the Southern Virginia Highlands. It was beautiful country, but the hike was difficult. My boots were all wrong, I didn't bring a sleeping bag and we were not as conditioned as we should have been for that hike. I hurt for days afterward. Alan and I spent a couple days on the trail grouching at each other too, as we learned to hike and camp together. I swore I would never hike with him again! We have talked and worked things out since then and have decided to hike on the AT again this year in August or Sept, picking up where we left off.
So, in 2013, I have TWO section hikes planned! W00t! Now I've added another goal to my Bucket List--to hike the whole Appalachian Trail, a section at a time.