Yes, I read the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Yes, I watched the movie Wild with Reese Witherspoon. Yes, Ive seen The Revenant and yes, that bear scene is pretty horrible. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but I’m going to go on a hike, alone, and I’ll be just fine… Or I won’t. But I will!
Let me start off by saying I’m not a “hiker”. I’m more of a sit on my couch with a beer or a glass of red wine and crochet or read a good book kinda girl. My normal day to day routines are just that… routine. On Mondays I like to go to the movies, on Thursdays I go to a restaurant and read my book, have a beer, order food to-go and do just that and on Sunday’s I go to the local brewery for day drinking. In between that I make time for dinners and drinks with friends, go on dates, visit loved ones out of town, take walks around nearby parks, shop for groceries, go get my nails done, pay bills and live life. I need something more… Anything but my normal! So I woke up one morning and decided to make a change. Without thinking too hard about it, I called my parents and informed them that I’d be hiking the Mountain to Sea Trail in NC and that I’d be going solo.
So now I’ve researched everything from “how to become a hiker” to “how not to die alone in the middle of nowhere” and everything else in between I could get my hands on that would be useful for keeping me alive and well for about three months for this trip. I’ve read countless books, blogs and gear articles and have taken classes, learned survival skills and I’m still not 100% prepared. I don’t think I ever will be and that’s part of the excitement of this whole trip… The unknown. The adventure!
[I wasn’t going to write a blog or post pictures on social media often because I really did want this trek to be me getting away from all the shit that made me want to get away from it all in the first place. But, because so many people are asking about it and because I’m a nice friend to you crazies reading this right now, I’ll do my best to update my adventure, here, when I feel like it. If you guys want to hear more about my trip, come and find me for a visit on the trail. Also, it’s going to be written (I’m guessing) mostly grammatically incorrect and have lots of “shit” and “fucks” by the time I’m finished with this hike. Your choice to read it or not.]
For those still reading this… Here’s a map of my route.
I’ll have another update in the next week or so that will show all my gear and gear info for those who are nerdy enough or just curious enough to check it out.