Walk With Me: An Appalachian Trail Tale
Updated: Apr 7
Walk with me.
On the Appalachian Trail.
Georgia: We begin each year, 4,000 strong. Who will finish a journey this long?
North Carolina: Dip into the dark walls of a river gorge.
Tennessee: Dusk settles in, stealing the last drop of day.
Virginia: Forest, farmlands, gentle rain.
West Virginia: The trail is short here, but the history is rich.
Maryland: Pines trees. Old, worn, still standing strong.
Pennsylvania: Rocks, boulders. Climb.
New Jersey: Crisp air. The hum of cars cannot be found.
New York: Shy bears hide. Curious birds venture close.
Connecticut: The earth is covered in a blanket of green.
Massachusetts: Layered ridgelines, lush river walks, shaded glens.
Vermont: A verdant forest, bursting with life.
New Hampshire: White mountains tower over trees.
Maine: Rugged, remote. We push towards the finish line.
What is the Appalachian Trail?
A vision of stealing back forgotten places.
A dream, 2,180 miles long.
I hope you enjoyed my 150 word short story I entered into the Spring Fling writing contest! This is based on my current PB that is a work in progress, six months in the making and a labor of love.
A thru-hiker is a hiker that completes the entire length of the trail in less than one year, most averaging 4-6 months. In April, they begin the long trek starting in Georgia and end in Maine around August. Each year 4,000 hikers attempt a thru-hike journey--one in four make it to the end.
As some of you may know I worked for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for several years; this topic is very dear to me, as is teaching children to love and nurture our planet.
Much love, Annette