Report on the Backpacking Meetup (Progress Update #3)

Hello, again!

I mentioned before I was going to attend a Nashville Backpacking presentation and I’m happy to say I did just that. About a week ago my mother and I drove into Nashville for the meeting and parked outside of REI, where the gathering was held. A lovely woman, whom I regret to say I do not recall the name of, gave a presentation all about her thru hike of the Appalachian Trail last year in Spring 2016. It was wonderfully informative in a more personalized way, different from the blogs and books I’ve been reading about the subject, and she showed us her equipment and pictures from her thru hike. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Another plus to the experience was that my mother was familiarized not only with thru hikes but also with the concept of a solo, female thru hiker. I’m determined to go on my own now- I know it’s safe- but I wasn’t expecting my parents to see it in quite the same light I do. But my mother seems to be on board so I’ve escaped a battle there.

Fitness update:

I’ve started sprinting pretty miniscule distances each day. It’s not much but since I loathed running in all its forms before and now I enjoy myself thoroughly, I’m taking it as good news and leaving it at that.

Next goal:

I want to go out on a familiar trail, perhaps at Hunter Creek State Park, and have a short, cute, backpacking trip on my own with my rudimentary equipment and my car not far away at any point in time. But accomplish that I’ll need a tent and pack: I’m considering buying those soon. If I do I’ll give a run down of the items I bought and then let you know what I think of them.

Until next time,

Eliza

We have a start date! (Progress Update #2)

Kind readers,

Eleven months, a birthday, and one terminated job later… I have returned to update you on my progress.

Firstly, an announcement: I am officially shooting for the 15th of February 2018 to begin my NOBO thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (that means that as of today, February 14th, 2017, it’s a year and a day until my adventure begins. Being a fairy tale-obsessed romantic I find this fact extremely satisfying). I’ve postponed beginning college until the following Autumn.

Secondly, I’m signed up to attend a meetup for a backpacking group this Saturday! It’s a dinner, not a hike, but they have a speaker who thru hiked last Spring and I’ll have a chance to meet everyone and get my toes wet. Other than a few odd purchases here and there this is my first substantial step into the world of backpacking. I’m excited and I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Thirdly and finally, I’ve begun Taekwondo and I’m attending classes three to four times a week. That’s not particularly significant in terms of physical training but it’s a step in the right direction.

Until next time,

Liza