Leading up to arriving in Maine, I had feared that our timing was off and we would not be able to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness because it was too late in the season. Actually, we could not have picked a better time to hike it. We had amazing weather for a majority of the Read More →

Our hike in Shenendoah was a great warm-up, but not long enough to really put ourselves to the test before attempting a 100 mile hike. John suggested going for a 4-5 night trip in Maine as a warm up, but I thought it would be nice to hit another long distance trail that I’d heard Read More →

After spending Labor Day weekend with John’s uncle Rich in Charlottesville, VA, we headed to Shenendoah National Park ┬áto finally test out our backpacking skills. Up until now, we’d been on a few long day hikes to train for the big hike in Maine, but we really needed to get out there with fully loaded Read More →

We set out early in the morning for what we planned to be a full day of hiking, similar to the 17 mile hike to Springer Mountain. My arguments to John for stopping in North Carolina were: 1) if we are rushing to Maine for the mega-hike as planned, we need to train. I have Read More →

I have a confession to make – I want to do a lot of hiking on this trip, but I have been absolutely neglecting actually researching the hikes. Partly this was because I didn’t want to torture myself by imagining verdant vistas while sweltering under the mid-summer Florida sun. I knew we would have some Read More →