About Me

Joy_400x524_9-15“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”      -John Muir

My name is Joy and I want to hike the Appalachian Trail!  Or at least the first half of it. The White Mountains, the Presidential’s and the Great Mountain Katahdin seem way too scary!

But maybe I could start at Springer Mountain and get as far as Harpers Ferry or the Mason-Dixon line… even if I had to section hike .  Although that seems like a far-off dream at the date that I’m writing this text (9-20-15).

Yet, it just might be doable.

me with grandchildren
Me with grandchildren in 2013

I live in North Carolina and only a few hundred miles from the start in Georgia and used to live in the mountains at various places near the trail in North Carolina– such as Standing Indian near Franklin, and Roan Mountain.

I’ve been to many of the trail locations along the A.T. in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

I have 3 daughters, two grandchildren and one on the way at the date of this writing!  My daughters all live nearby.

My grandson will start college next year.

Famous hiker Grandma Gatewood Viewer's right - me on the left

I’m an inexperienced long distance hiker but day hikes were common years ago when I lived in the mountains and before I got out of shape.  I’m an avid reader of books written by thru-hikers–must be over 20 books now that I’ve read.

I find Emma Gatewood’s story an inspiration and discovered her at the same age that she hiked the A.T. for the first time.  Age 67! She hiked it twice more after that and numerous other trails, including the Oregon Trail (another 2,000 mile journey).

Finding out about her in this timing is no accident–the synchronicity is encouraging me to consider hiking (at least part of) the A.T. which is something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I knew about the trail.

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Me on viewer’s right with oldest daughter, 2015

I also feel that I’ve lived in the deep woods many past lifetimes and  feel more at home there than anywhere else.

Meanwhile, I’ve been hiking trails at the nearby State Park… doing A.T. prep work.

The blog posts themselves will take it from here!

Meanwhile, I will hike on!

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”  – Kierkegaard

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