Appalachian Mountains sunset

Appalachian Trail Adventures in 2021

‘Tis the time of year we typically reflect on the 8,760 hours we were gifted in 2020 and ponder the 365 days of 2021 that lay ahead.

As I considered my full-time RVing adventures and the unexpected twists and turns of 2020, there were numerous reminders intermingled among the days that whispered just how precious every moment is. For nearly three years, I have been experiencing the freedom of retirement as well as living and traveling full-time in my RV. I look to the horizon for a new opportunity, a fresh taste, a new challenge and renewed appreciation for every moment.

As I imagined the new year that lay ahead, I sought an epic journey to stretch both my mind and body to make every day count.

I’m thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2021!

For those not familiar, the Appalachian Trail is a 2,200 mile hiking path that follows the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Yes, that means on March 21st, I will pack my gear, tread carefully into the wilderness, cook with a small stove, sleep in a tent and hike each day easing my way north. About once a week, I will make my way through a small town and resupply.

2200 Miles of Appalachian Mountains

If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.

― Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President 

The journey should take about five to six months, and if all goes well sometime in September (maybe October) I will emerge at the terminus atop Mount Katahdin in Maine just shy of the Canadian border.

Only about twenty percent of those who attempt this endeavor continue all the way to Maine. I will push through foul weather, the inevitable aches and pains, and countless hurdles, while appreciating every mile, being grateful for scenic views and enjoying the sunrises and sunsets amid the simplicity of daily life in the wilderness.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist

Fortunately, technology will enable me to periodically stay in touch with the real world, and alternatively allow me to share my journey as I progress on my walk through fourteen states.

I’ll periodically post updates and photos here on I am currently in research and learning mode and acquiring gear such as my backpack, tent and sleeping bag.

Best wishes to everyone for the new year ahead. I hope 2021 is a great year for each of you.

My 1993 backpacking trip to the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Stone arch marking start of Appalachian Trail approach trail.
The Appalachian Trail begins right here at the stone arch on the Approach Trail in Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia.
My gear ready to check as baggage at the airport in 1985, as I headed to Virginia to volunteer with the Student Conservation Association, which included a backpacking trek along a section of Appalachian Trail.

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