A quick housekeeping note: To catch spam, I’ve set comments such that the first comment somebody makes has to be moderated. Any subsequent comments go through unmoderated. So if you leave a comment but don’t see it appear within a reasonable amount of time (maybe even a day or two, out on the trail), feel free to email me. You’re probably stuck in the spam filter. I’ve only had one issue with that so far, though, so we’re probably safe.
By the way—Akismet? Best add-on ever. It’s caught an enormous amount of spam. More spam than they eat in Hawaii in a year, is what I’m saying. A lot.
Well, one week from today I’ll be arriving at Gainesville, Georgia—then on to the Hiker Hostel in Suches, to laugh and fret with some of my twenty or thirty fellow starters. One week from tomorrow, I’ll be on the steps of the Approach Trail (Day 0). Presuming survival, one week from Friday, on International Women’s Day, I’ll be signing the register at the first white blaze on Springer Mountain and heading north. One day at a time!
I’m thrilled, and so grateful for the opportunity to try for this this dream. It makes all those months of working multiple jobs and saving money feel worthwhile. (Isn’t it funny how easy it is to forget the pain of something like that when it’s finished?)
Next week’s weather at the Springer Mountain shelter looks to be highs in the 30s, lows in the 20s, with a fairly perpetual chance of rain and/or snow. Sounds about right. 🙂
Here’s where I get my weather info, shelter by shelter.
For now, I can’t decide whether to clean the toilet or start packing. It would be bad to get them mixed up.