Hiking the Appalachian Trail

There’s something powerful in the statement “I hiked part of the Appalachian Trail.”  While I didn’t complete more than 8 or 9 miles, it’s still something to accomplish and helped me get the outdoorsy bug out of my system for a few weeks.

Being cooped up in the city can be tough at times, especially when it means being cooped up at a desk all day.  But, then I realize that my office is right outside one of the greatest parts of the city – Central Park.  I really should make use of that location more often.

But onto more important things.  Like hiking the APPALACHIAN TRAIL! Yes, I said that already.  The idea started with a friend of a friend who mentioned she was going hiking that weekend.  Well yes please! I could use some fresh air and an excuse to exercise more.

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We met on a Saturday morning around 8am at the Port Authority Bus terminal.
Transit: Shortline bus from Port Authority to Southfields
Cost: $24.50 ROUNDTRIP with hiker discount. *tickets purchased at Port Authority with cash or debit card ONLY
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Stretching over 2,200 miles, the Appalachian Trail (AT) extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.  The trail is so long that it passes through 14 different states! {Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine}

The AT is a part of the Triple Crown of long distance hiking, which also includes the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  Chances that I complete the Triple Crown or even the entire one of these trails like Wild are slim.  But hey, I’ve hiked some!

appalachian trail - 1The hike we decided to embark on was the Island Pond and Lemon Squeezer Loop (AT), lasting about 7.5 miles (~8.8 according to Laura’s watch, but that included the trip to/from the trailhead)

appalachian trail - 3^^ just look at the leaves starting to transform into their fall hues.   The center picture where you see a few people squeezing through the boulders is aptly named “Lemon Squeezer” and famous enough to make it in the title of the hike.

IMG_6062It was only about 8.8 but oodles of fun.  Lucky for us there are plans in the works for another grand adventure this weekend!  Just in time for the end of the warm summer days and the beginning of fall.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”
― John Muir

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10 thoughts on “Hiking the Appalachian Trail

  1. You’re giving me the hiking bug. I’m hoping to get out to Deep Creek with my friend in a few weeks and make him go hiking with me since running just isn’t going to happen. I can’t keep up 😉

  2. Shoot yea girl!! I’ve done parts of the AT at different times but the likelihood of my doin the entire thing is pretty darn slim lol. But when you tell ppl you hiked the AT there’s no reason why you haveta say only 8 miles right? haha Glad you had fun 😀

  3. I would kill to go for a hike. The one downfall about Chicago is that there are no stinking mountains anywhere! It’s killing me. So you and I need to meet up in Colorado or something where there is endless wilderness, hike, eat, and just soak up life. Yes? Yes.

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