Day 46? – Mile 390ish

We’re long passed Little Laurel Shelter, a cozy little shack with room for 5. The rain hadn’t stopped that day and our hopes of squeezing into the shelter to escape the downpour were dashed when we arrived. It was inhabited by 8 people. Oh well, another rainy night in our tent was ahead of us. […]

Day 23 – Mile 199 – Clingmans dome and Gatlinburg.

Oh Gatlinburg, TN What a wierd mismatch coming down for the mountains and colliding with society again. We arrived in Gatlinburg, stinky and hungry, from the parking lot at Clingman’s Dome. Clingsman peaks above 6600 feet, making it the tallest peak on the entire Appalachian Trail. It is topped with a large tower perfect for […]

Day 17 – Mile 136.5

Since we left Franklin, with our bodies and food bags stuffed to the max, we’ve had relatively easy hiking and mild weather. Last night was the exception, it rained for roughly 14 hours and our tent and gear got wet. Wet isn’t too bad when it’s not too cold out, and we’ve been lucky considering […]

Day 13 – Mile 109

We survived the last few nights with only a few visits from mice and storms. We’re now laying on a hotel bed in Franklin, North Carolina overwhelmed at the food options nearby. There’s a Mexican restaurant, a Japanese restaurant and a plethora of fast food options. Browsing through the menus  is a pleasure and torture […]

Day 8 – Mile 56.5

We’re in the shelter near the summit of Trey mountain. We’ve summited two mountains and hiked around 9 miles today. Trey mountain stands around 4400 feet and is one of highest peaks in al of Georgia  The climb was arduous but surprisingly, it was  easier than we anticipated. Our trails legs are coming in and […]

Our first 5 Days on the Appalachian Trail

We’ve managed to maintain the first rule of the Appalachian Trail, don’t die. Although we’ve had some frigid nights and some unwarranted frights this has been an awesome experience so far. The best aspect of the trail so far has been the social one. We’ve formed a “small” tramily (trail family) which currently has a […]

Three days!

Three days ago, we left our home in Ottawa and started travelling south. We stopped in Toronto to visit my sister Heidi and her boyfriend. Since then we’ve driven through New York state, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. We’re sitting in a hotel room in Kentucky, trying to relax. The highlights of the trip so far 1) […]

Less than 30 days to go!

Holy Guacamole! If everything goes as planned, we will be on the Appalachian Trail in less than 30 days. We’ve just been so busy that the blog has somewhat fallen to the wayside and I’m unsure if we’ll be able to post regularly while we are on the trail. If you’re interested in following us […]

Rachel’s Story (so far)

Where it all started Back in January of this year, Kris had an early mid life crisis. He was bored with the 9-5, work to pay for your mortgage life and was on the hunt to find something new and exciting in his life. Around the same time, inspired by him, I decided to finally […]