What is a Blog, Anyways?

I was at the southern terminus of the AT just 2 short months ago for a section hike.

I was at the southern terminus of the AT just 2 short months ago for a section hike.

So I’m going to go ahead and start this blog (I honestly have no idea what a blog is, so if I’m using this term wrong, someone please let me know) in preparation for my thru-hike adventure on the Appalachian Trail.  This is something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember – the trail, not the blog. For those of you who don’t know, I was recently laid off after three years of hard work by a company for whom I genuinely enjoyed working.  I found myself not really knowing what to do with my life and in a position where I had the time, the money, and the spousal support to take a shot at one of my dreams.  It’s been about three days since the decision was made to go through with this plan and I’ve spent the majority of my time planning, buying a few last minute necessities, and trying to prepare both my family and myself for potentially six months of my being gone and unemployed. 

 This is how I arrived at this point:  I’ve decided to try to share this endeavor with those who are bored enough in their daily routine to follow along or find themselves genuinely interested in my progress.  Additionally, my family (and some of you, for that matter) may wish to keep up with my location to either come visit me somewhere on the trail or simply send me a care package.  My plan is to write an update each day along with a few memorable pictures.  Knowing myself, it’ll probably end up being a six month hike with a handful of updates and photos.  Although, I’d really like to follow through with this to both complete the trail and document it.  I feel like it’d allow me to revisit the scenery, the emotions, and the adventure when the thrill has worn down and I’m back to reality.  Feel free to bookmark the page and check in regularly.

 That’s all for tonight, I just wanted to go ahead and get this thing set up and try to figure it out so the learning curve is minimal when I’m on the trail.  If you’ve read until this point and you still plan to keep up with me, I appreciate the support and look forward to sharing this adventure of a lifetime with you.