Why would I ever want to put myself through the challenge of the Appalachian Trail? Give up my nice cozy bed and warm meals for months on a trail?
I have always dreamed of doing something like hiking the Appalachian Trail and I finally realized that there is no “perfect” time to take the plunge. The summer after graduation provides a time for me to do it, so I plan to take advantage of that flexibility. I am under no illusion that I’ll love every mile or that I won’t question why I decided to do it. Despite those moments, overall, it will give me a chance to disconnect from society. I won’t be tied to my phone or hectic schedules, no sitting in traffic, listening to what this or that celebrity is doing.
Hiking the AT is a unique opportunity to challenge my mental and physical strength and endurance. Never before have I needed to rely only on my own two feet to travel 2,190 miles with only the supplies I can carry in my pack. I also cannot imagine the peace of mind that comes from immersing yourself in nature.
I may go days without seeing another person, or maybe I will hike for a week with new friends. The relationships built with other hikers will be formed on a shared experience that no one who has not hiked for weeks on end could imagine. It’s a challenge, but one I am looking forward to facing head on.