March 23, 2017
The approach trail
So this was the day I had been dreaming of since I was 14 years old In the Boy Scouts. I was finally going to attempt a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. My friend Scott drove me to Amicalola Falls state park. I check in and weighed my pack (27 lbs with 5 days of food and two liters water). I’m the 1154th hiker to start a thru hike this year. Scott took my picture at the archway that begins the approach trail shook my hand and wished me well. I took a few steps down the trail and turned around and said you’re really not going to leave me here are you. That’s when it hit me. I was going to be on my own for the next six months a 2189.8 miles. The first thing I came to was the stairs to the water fall and the 600 steps up them. About 50 steps up I met a girl. Her trail name is Nomad Princess. If you didn’t know most thru hikers go by a nick name or trail name. A trail name should be “earned” which means giving to you by someone else. It’s usually a trait you have or something silly you did on the trail. I like to eat corn chips while hiking so when Scott dropped me off he gave me the trail name Corn Chip. Now back to Nomad princess, we hit it off right away and decide to hike together. Those 600 steps were brutal for someone not used to it but the adrenaline of the adventure pushed us onward and upwards. Since we got a late start that day we only made it around 5.6 miles into the approach trail, but that was fine with us because our journey had finally began. Below are some pictures of that day.