If all goes according to my plans, I will be driving my Ferrari 458 up to see my girlfriend in Boston, before our combined families cruise on a luxurious ocean liner to Europe, where we'll take trains, planes and automobiles to each and every wondrous spot on the continent -- with T-shirts and tacky mementoes for all.
That's the plan. I'll admit it might need a bit of tweaking along the way, but you have to start with a plan.
The folks who comprise the 2013 Thru-Hikers' Tales list made plans to hike the Appalachian Trail, then they actually put them into action.
No doubt, they tweaked their hopes and/or aspirations along the way. After all, it's much easier to plan to hike mountains than it is to actually HIKE mountains.
This year's weather has been especially cruel -- beginning with blizzards and ice storms, torrential rains that moderated temporarily to mere monsoons and weather colder than your ex's heart.
Will all these folks make it end to end from Springer Mountain to Mount Katahdin?
Maybe. Maybe not.
One thing is for sure: they're on their way to thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.
They have earned the right to share their tales with us.
Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Community, and Appalachian Trail Clubs
The 2014 Warwick Appalachian Trail Community Day has an agenda packed with joyous ways to celebrate the AT, those who hike it and those who want to someday.
Those who attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail are heroes. Take the hike with them by reading these thru-hikers' tales.
The Appalachian Trail is 2,185.3 miles long. Those who hike it all are "thru-hikers." Could these Thru-Hikers' Tales for 2014 inspire you to hit the Trail?