Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Footsteps on The Appalachian Trail


I should have added “Hike the Appalachian Trail” to my bucket list. I don’t expect to do much of the trail, certainly not the whole thing, but I would like to at least spend a day or two on it.

I got a start this month in Falls Village Connecticut. OK, we only walked it for an hour—we had a plane to catch—but I at least set foot on the same ground that others have passed since the trail was completed in 1937. The first part of our trek was not all that scenic—we walked along Connecticut Highway 7, over the Housatonic River, down Warren Turnpike, past the Housatonic Valley Regional High School and then, finally, into the woods.

Maybe next spring we’ll go to Georgia, where the trail begins. Then, some other time, we may go to Maine, where it ends. Then we can say we went on the trail from beginning to end.

2 comments:

berit said...

I'm with you -- that would be such an experience. I wrote a story a while back about a self-proclaimed couch potato who decided to get in shape and eventually got to the point where he'd hiked the entire thing SEVERAL TIMES. Can you imagine? Anyway, great history, great scenics, great exercise, great goal.

Patricia Prijatel said...

Berit: Several times???????????? Definitely not a couch potato anymore. How long does it take to do the entire thing? And how did this person prepare?