40 Days to Launch

My Beginnings

Here I go again. I am a wanna-be professional hiker. Starting back in Middle School, my friend asked me to hike with her illustrious family of misfits. Honestly, I had never backpacked a day in my life, yet I was heading to Colorado to hike the Purgatory Trail. Adorning a pack, was absolutely unheard of to me. With all the necessary gear on my back, off I went.

After ten days in the mountains, and the intense weather Mother Nature could throw at our motley group, I was hooked! This catapulted my lifelong passion of wandering off into the woods. I truly found something that I didn’t even know I was missing.

Wanderlust or Nomadic

Fast-forward some 40 plus years, I am still heading into the backwoods and disappearing for weeks, if not months at a time. There is something that calls me to wanderlust. As I took part in the Ancestory.com craze, I found an unknown link to Nomadic people. I relate as I am a bit odd, hairy, enjoy sleeping outdoors and traveling by foot. On top of that, my blood type is B Positive, which supposedly enables me to transport more oxygen. Bottom line, God designed me perfectly to backpack!

Why the Appalachian Trail

This is the year I am heading east. Being a California Girl, I have done the majority of my backpacking in the Western United States, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Wonderland Trail, John Muir Trail, Colorado Trail, West Coast Trail, Uinta Highline Trail, you get the picture. But this year, I am hitting the Appalachian Trail (AT). Why is a good question? Honestly I was avoiding the AT for many reasons. Mostly for the logistics; it’s a long ways from home. I don’t like snakes, and frankly tics freak me out! Yet there is something appealing about mud, muck, rain and a wilder side. I love weather of all sorts and actually look forward to a good soaking. No doubt I will eat those words, but for now, bring it on!

In Forty days, I will be stepping out on the longest “hiking only” footpath in the world! That’s remarkable, exciting, and downright nerve-racking. So the next few weeks will be a flurry of decisions. What will I pack, what can I eliminate and truly how much food do I really plan to eat? The list goes on and my mind is overwhelmed.

God is With Me

In reality, this is only done because my Lord, the same Jesus you know, is with me. I have deep desires, hopes and dreams and I tend to follow my passions! As my launch date approaches, I pray daily. I pray that this is His will and not just mine. I pray that He has a path planned for me ahead of time, so when I stumble, He will pick me up, dust me off and send me back down the trail. I pray that there are people along the way that will desire to hear of His glory, His marvelous and miraculous stories and that I can convey all the love that He has shown me. And I pray that when the rubber hits the road, that I will be mentally, physically and spiritually ready for this journey. In the end, this is truly what I was made for. Appalachian Trail here I come.

4 thoughts on “40 Days to Launch

  1. You are truly an adventurer doing things most, like me, would never do to the extent you do them. God will be with you and get you to your destination through smooth paths and difficult terrains, He will always be with you hiking right next to you – after all He was quite the hiker himself. Right!

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