Day 6 – Day of Reckoning

Thursday, April 14, 2016 AT 20.8 – 26.7, 5.9 miles. Let me just start with saying, the day began well enough. It was Ben’s birthday. All the hikers at the hostel sang Happy Birthday to him, and he blew out his birthday candle on his pancakes. We had the chance to talk to more of … Continue reading

Day 5 – And Then There Were 3

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 AT 12.8 – 20.8, 8.5 miles On Tuesday, I had arranged for the Hiker Hostel shuttle to pick us up at the hotel at 8:00. The shuttle arrived on-time, and we were off. Our driver, Duffy, told us we’d be going to the hostel to switch vehicles, then be on our … Continue reading

Day 4 – Waiting Game

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Zero Day in Dahlonega I must admit it was great waking up to a hot breakfast at the hotel. I found that Hollie (pictured on the left in the photo) was still working after someone had quit last night. After breakfast, my friend Traci went to do some laundry. My kids … Continue reading

Day 3 – Setback!

Monday, April 11, 2016 AT 7.4 – 12.3, 4.9 miles We had a very nice night of mid-40˚ temperatures, seemed like a heat wave from the night before! I even heard a Barred Owl in the early morning hours. Getting out of our sleeping bags this morning was much easier. Ben did an excellent job … Continue reading

Day 2 – Progress!

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Approach Trail 7.3 to AT 7.4 – 8.9 miles We survived a 22˚ night!  Woohoo! That instant coffee sure tasted good. I had heard that the MSR PocketRocket stoves didn’t do very well in extremely cold weather, so we slept with the canister in our bag and Ben cooked us up … Continue reading

Day 1 – Are We There Yet?

Saturday, April 9, 2016 Approach Trail 1.1 – Approach Trail 7.3 – 6.2 miles Today is the day! We leave for the Big Adventure! This particular morning, as we left our room at the Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge, we passed through a lounge/seating area that was located downstairs. The decor was done in a … Continue reading

It’s Here: Eve of VisionQuest !!!

We have arrived at Amicalola Falls State Park! We got here at 2:15, a bit late, and met our hiking companions. They had flown in to Atlanta from Florida, took the train, and then Survival Dave’s shuttle brought them to the state park. My friend’s pack weighed in at 22 pounds….I didn’t even weigh mine … Continue reading

The Final Countdown !

Well, here I am on a beautiful Tuesday morning, sitting in my kitchen and surrounded by hiking gear and food. LOTS of food! We are in the final days of preparation, and I’m not sure if it’s anticipation or nervousness I’m feeling. Perhaps both. I’m still toying with the access on this blog. So if … Continue reading

Packing & Camping Gear Update

“How’s the hike planning coming along? Are you still going?” It’s coming along, and yes, still planning on going! FedEx and UPS have been making almost daily stops at my house; this has been a source of tremendous anticipation and excitement! Since we have most of the “big stuff,” currently deliveries are mostly clothing items … Continue reading