To say I started hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail (AT) by accident nearly 30 years ago, would be an exaggeration — but not much of one.
My friend, Wayne, and I climbed to the summit of Katahdin (Maine’s highest mountain) by way of the AT in 1985. It wasn’t until several years later that we realized our shared passion for hiking was taking us on a 2,100 journey that would last nearly three decades.
On October 30, 2013, we stood on the summit of Georgia’s Springer Mountain with a shared sense of disbelief. It had taken us 28 years to hike the entire trail. The hike down galvanized my resolve to do something I had pondered many times over the years: to capture our amazing journey in words and photos.
In 2014, I began working on Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year Hike on the Appalachian Trail. The book was on store shelves in July of 2016, which started a new journey — a 5-month, 40,000 mile book tour with stops at The Smithsonian and 34 L.L. Bean stores, as well as schools and libraries throughout America.
While I was on the road, I began writing my second book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the rivalry the built the Appalachian Trail, to be published by the Appalachian Mountain Club and released in September, 2017.
Not many people are blessed with the opportunity to walk so many beautiful miles and make a living writing about it. I am grateful for every day on the path and friends like Wayne that have been with me every step of the way.