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“Makes you feel the pain and joy of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike . . . In vivid colors, David paints a picture of his memorable journey.”—Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society
In 2003, David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, showing a professional hiker’s preparations and tenacity. This is not merely a travel guide, but a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s adventure and what it means to make a lifelong vision come true.
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Join Kyle and his little dog “Katana” as they take you along for every step of their 2,185 mile adventure hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Confront the terrain, severe weather, injury, dangerous wildlife and questionable characters as you grow and learn just as Kyle did from start to finish on this epic adventure. Make some friends for life, learn the finer points of long distance hiking, and realize that what you take within your backpack is not nearly as important as what you bring within yourself… This exciting and often times humorous narrative does more than simply tell the story of Kyle and Katana’s adventures out on the trail. It urges the reader to examine their own life, fears, strengths, weaknesses and dreams, then learn to overcome or realize them. This book tells a story as much as it teaches, inspires and motivates you to get out there and see what the world has to offer. You will learn what it takes mentally and physically to accomplish an undertaking such as hiking thousands of miles through mountainous wilderness and countless obstacles that are all determined to make you quit. As Kyle did, you might even learn some things about yourself…
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The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.
Backpacker Magazine – Appalachian Trail Guide.
The official Facebook page of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: America’s most visited national park!
A Wondrous Diversity of Life
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.
107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Facebook Page.
We are just a little over one week away from 5th annual Feast in the Forest. It will be Sunday june 29th aprox ten miles north of the Delaware Water Gap. Just some of the things we will have. Meat and veggie lasagna, hamburgers hotdogs, veggie burgers, venison, cake, snacks, bagels, water, Soda, Ice cold beverages, made from barley and hops. we will also have a fair amount of chairs on hand. If you let me know we can slack hikers to the feast. Although the exact location of the feast is never revealed. safe to say you will find us. we start setting up around ten and the feast starts around eleven. last year we had over 25 hikers stop by, and everyone left with a smile on their face. Hope to smell a bunch of you there. BTW the ten mile hike from the DWG is a walk in the woods. Two highlights on that section you want to see. about a mile up the trail you will have to step up over a log that was put there for drainage. when you get there look to the right you will see a trail. walk in 15 feet and you are in the land of the fairies, when back on the trail you will come to Sunfish pond. The most southern glacial pond on the A T when you get to the north end you will see the cairns that many hikers have built. Further on you will come to the biggest rock cairn I have ever seen. Then continue on till you find the Feast in the Forest. Please share this post to help get the word out. thanks