It all began with a single question, “Dad what are you doing next spring?” I received his typical reply, “why what’s up?”. I asked him if he would he like to thru hike the Appalachian Trail with me. At first he laughed, then phone got quiet and I received a simple answer, “sure.” That conversation took place in early February of 2016. At the time I wasn’t sure if my Dad was fully committed, but each time we spoke after there would be a joke or two about who could outrun a bear (just so you know it’s never recommended to run from a bear)! Things would get a little more serious, more questions were asked and more serious planning began. We both started taking our work outs a little more serious and have had debates over what equipment we think is best.
It’s early in our planning process yet and things may change, but right now we are expecting to be on the trail for six months. Reactions from family and friends have been varied but most think we are crazy! My Mom doesn’t understand why we don’t just do a portion of the trail. Others say they couldn’t imagine going that long without the comforts of home. We are a pair of unlikely wanderers who very possibly have gone mad but just like Alice says to the mad hatter “you’re entirely bonkers, but I’ll tell you a secret all the best people are.”