It's hard to put into words my feelings about entering into what I consider home. Max Patch, Big Bald, Firescald Knob, Hot Springs, Hogback Ridge. I have been through all those sections before, some multiple times. It's unreal to be here in a they-hike.
In a lot of ways, these places are what birthed, cultivated, and propelled me to my dream and to where I am today. Each place holds memories, sweat, tears, growing pains, and joy. To experience this again with new friends...nothing can put that into words.
This stretch started with a rainy nearo to wait out the rain in an attempt to get good weather in Max Patch. Totally worth it. Max Patch is a great place to camp if the weather is clear because you can see the sunset and the sunrise. There were 15 or more of us tenting on the summit that night. Everyone sat on the grass, lined up, a front row seat to the multitude of colors the sky displayed for us.
In Hot Springs I took a day off and my parents visited me. The next day they dropped me off at the trail and mes me 10 miles ahead for lunch. It was great to see them and to spend some down time not hiking.
My toughest day so far also resulted in one of the biggest rewards. When I set out from Flint Mountain shelter, I had ambitions to reach Bug Bald, a tall, grassy mountain similar to Max Patch, but much bigger. In the way stood 19 miles and about 6000 feet of ascent. I got about halfway through and mentally I was done. I wanted to quit. I kept telling myself, "Come on feet, legs you can do it, You've climbed further, you've gone faster." I knew I could do it, but it was super challenging. A quick nap recharged my spirits and I summited Big Bald just in time for sunset. Sim a and Restep were already there, and Bean joined us shortly after. The sunset that night was mesmerizing. One of the most spectacular displays of beauty I have ever seen. The sunrise the following morning was a close rival.
Be flexible and challenge yourself. Both pay off big time. And appreciate those around you. Never take anyone for granted. That's what I've learned through this stretch.
I am a filmmaker. I am an adventurer. I believe in children. My friends are obsessed with my beard. I am obsessed with beer. I want to embrace and fully live this life I’m blessed with. I want to be known as someone who loves deeply.
On May 16, 2017 I set out on my dream, the adventure of a lifetime: a 2,189.8 mile trek of the Appalachian Trail. I want to push people to live their dreams and pursue their passions.