And so it begins, Appalachian Trail (AT) or bust!
Hello friends, if you’ve been regularly reading the Ministry of Happiness blog you know that I’ve been talking a lot lately about embarking on a big adventure. Well, it officially started, as of today I have no actual address, no job, the house has been sold and I’m sitting in a cabin in the redwoods in Northern California. I’m up here for a few days of hiking, I haven’t done much the last few weeks and given I start hiking the Appalachian Trail in about 70 days, it’s time to really start focusing on being ready.
So for those of you following along here’s my itinerary from now until that start date.
3 days in the redwoods
2 days in Monterrey
2 days in the San Diego area
Starting next Sunday I start rolling east, my first stop will be Borrego Springs for a night, then:
5 days in Anza Borrego State Park
1 night in Indio
1 night in the Painted Desert area
3 in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Then, well then things are kind of up in the air, I may head up to the Prescott National forest and then Taos or I may make a more direct line for the Dallas area to see some friends. Past that my plans take me through Arkansas and hopefully a night or two in Hot Springs, AK. Then through TN with a stop in Knoxville and possibly further east into North Carolina. I’ll turn northeastward and parallel the Appalachian Trail up through to NY, stopping in some trail towns and doing some day hikes on the AT. After that a few weeks with family NY, some snow and ice hiking and dialing in on how to sleep warm enough in my hammock.
Finally, a bus or train to Atlanta, a couple last days sleeping in a bed then up to Springer Mountain via Amicalola State Park. The AT is not for the faint of heart, the very first mile has 800 feet of elevation gain, the first 7 miles, which really only gets you to the official start of the trail, 1600 feet of gain.
So that’s where I’m going, the plan, the beginning of the goal, tomorrow night a bit about how I’m feeling, here’s a hint, this is the Ministry of Happiness! I hope you are doing well on your own personal journeys my friends, drop me a comment and let me know and most importantly, have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane