Observations of a First Day Thru Hiker

1. No matter how long you’ve dreamed of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail, leaving your spouse to begin the trail is overwhelming…and not in a good way.
2. Georgia is humid.
3. Georgia is hilly. Georgia is hard. It is nothing like Bong State Park in Wisconsin which is really flat. I do not have any uphill gear…yet.
4. In 30 days, maybe less, I will look back and wonder what the hell I was thinking when I typed out number 3.
5. Make sure you keep looking for the blazes. If you zone out and realize you have not seen one in a while, it can kind of freak you out, even if you know you’re on the right trail.
6. When the Gluteus Maximus is primarily used for sitting, walking up hills is painful.
7. The Approach Trail is gorgeous. Reminds me a lot of The Ice Age Trail around Lapham Peak. Some different greenery, but otherwise very similar. Whoever said it was nothing special needs to examine what lens they are looking at life through.
8. Tesla is very good hiking music.
9. The Georgia ridgerunners are very nice and very dedicated. So far everyone I have met is awesome.
10. The simple act of sitting by a stream and filling up water bottles can be very relaxing and satisfying.
Day 1 in the books. So far I have accomplished .2 miles of the Appalachian Trail. More to come…..

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