By: Dwayne Parton

A Short Walk

I’m pretty certain this will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I’m determined to do it. I guess in this period of realizing how quickly life moves, how quickly life can change, and being provided with the right opportunity I’ve decided to take a little walk from GA to ME.

I was raised in the outdoors. I grew up hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. Ironically, I do none of those things now but I still consider them part of my outdoor experience. I have spent a few months traveling through Peru and not in luxury either. I studied Spanish in Guatemala for 7 weeks. I like to mountain bike. I love to kayak. My main hobbies have always been in the realm of traveling and extreme sports whether it was visiting another country, snowboarding, skateboarding, or those I’ve already listed. I don’t consider myself a newb to the outdoors or travel but now I’m stepping into new territory.

The plan is to thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail. I’m not putting a deadline on finishing and I don’t know the exact date that I will leave. Somewhere between Mid-March & Early April, which is just over a month away. Part of me wonders if I can handle this, another part of me is determined to handle it whether I can or can’t. I must admit, it is just a little intimidating. I’m giving up 5-6 months of normal life to walk some 2,180 miles but I know it will be an awesome experience will change my life. The closer I get to departure the more I want to just go ahead and leave.

I have no doubt that this will be one of, if not the, hardest endeavor of my life. I plan on writing about my progress along the way so I hope you will stay tuned.

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