This is my first email update about hiking the Appalachian Trail!
Right now we are in Virginia doing last minute preparations. We’ve got our backpacks mostly packed, and our mail drops mostly organized. We’re planning to have at least 4 packages sent to various post offices in towns along the way with some supplies- like lighter sleeping bags, etc.
We’ve just booked the Greyhound down to Atlanta, and we will officially begin hiking on St Paddies day (March 17th). The trail doesn’t actually start at a road, but rather at the top of a mountain (Springer Mountain). So our first day will be hiking the “approach trail” which is 8 miles long, which leads up to the official start of the Appalachian Trail.
We’re definitely full of nerves at the moment- but mostly just very excited to be so close to starting!