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Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 6d ago

Town Etiquette for Hikers

It happens every year on the Appalachian Trail. Yet another trail provider has discontinued its use to hikers because of bad behavior. Some businesses like motels no longer offering discoun...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1M ago

Sickness on the Trail

It's that time of year once more - when hikers head for the trails and disease follows. The chief complaint on the trail like the Appalachian Trail is the Norovirus, which seems to strike ev...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1M ago

Lessons Learned on What Works and Doesn’t Work on a Long Distance Trek

Things I have heard to take on a long distance trek that just don’t work for me. Sorry. Case in point - 1. Duct Tape – this is the proverbial go-to for first aid on all types of blist...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1M ago

10th Anniversary of a Thru Hike - Anniversary of our Start!

The day has arrived! Our first day on the trail - March 5, 2007. Ten years have passed since our trek up the Approach Trail to the southern terminus at Springer Mountain. For me it was seei...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1M ago

10th Anniversary of a Thru Hike - Part 4 - Unexpected Delays

Who has not had plans go awry when you least expect it. So it was for our hike in 2007. We had intended to leave the night before on Feb 28th to begin our hike March 1st and the start of a n...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 2M ago

10th Anniversary of a Thru Hike - Part 3 - How a Dream is Born

It's always good to reminisce about those crucial pre-hike events that spawned the long distance adventure like back in '07 when I did the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. So it was ...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 2M ago

10th Anniversary of a Thru Hike - Part 2 - One Week and Counting...

One week to go - ten years ago - before the adventure of My lifetime and also the title of a book I read every year from my teen years on - Ed Garvey's book - Appalachian Trail: Adventure of...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 2M ago

Trail Maps – Why Bother?

Being a frequent contributor to hiker forums, I have seen the Appalachian Trail map debate time and time again. And time and time again I see the same reasons crop up as to why hikers choose...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 2M ago

10th Anniversary of a Thru Hike - 2 weeks and counting

- 10th Anniversary of our Northbound AT Hike  Blissful and Paul Bunyan -  During the next two weeks I will be reposting blogs and other excerpts written at the time of our AT hike in 2007 ...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 2M ago

Backpacking Over Fifty

Life does not end when one reaches the half century milestone and beyond. In fact the adventure is just beginning. I’ve had several ask in forums if it’s possible to do a long distance hike ...