Tag: Appalachian Trail


Lonesome Tom

On my way in to town this morning I saw a man walking up the road with a large pack. “He looks like a thru hiker,” I thought. So I turned around at McDonald’s and stopped in his path on the other side of the Sleep Inn. “Are you going to the trail?” He points […]

Some Big Changes and Another Adventure

Last year about this time I was getting ready to leave for the Appalachian Trail. It’s actually a little hard to believe that it is only a memory now. But this year has been just as amazing so far. I’ve traveled all over the country with the beautiful Eliza Hardin. She’s going to be famous […]

Did You Find What You Were Looking For?

Did you find what you were looking for? I was asked that a lot when I finished my hike and it kind of caught me off guard. My initial thought was that I didn’t know I was looking for anything. Was I supposed to be? I think it’s a great question though. Why did I […]

Why A Beard?

The beard seems to be the latest form of cool these days. I’ve been growing mine for some time but it’s not just because it’s the latest fad. I could care less about the number of duck hunters with beards and I haven’t even seen a single episode of duck dynasty or what ever that […]

A Few Adventurers

I met Blue Velvet and Gardener in Gorham, NH. They are south bounders also known as SOBO’s. I gave them my number and told them that I’d love to give them some trail magic when they got to the Smokies whether that meant watching their dog or bringing them a couple cokes. It’s fun and […]

August 31 – Head in the Clouds

I met this family at the Woods Hole Hostel in VA. It’s so cool knowing that they finished. What an amazing accomplishment!!!

How cute is this!

I received this letter in a care package while I was on the trail. I just found it in my wallet a few minutes ago and can’t believe I didn’t post it! That’s some great trail magic.

Trail Shock Part 2

I’ve been trying to write this post for a few days now. A recent commenter was asking if the trail affected me in ways besides the physical. I’ve thought about this a lot and found that it’s hard to describe and know the changes the trail may have had, if any. Honestly, I feel perfectly […]

Filling the Love

Just about everyday I eat at this little sandwich shop in Bryson City called the Filling Station. Burgers are one of my favorite things but they only have them as special and on rare occasions. This beautiful mountain of a burger was my welcome home from the trail present. Doesn’t get much better than a […]

Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I’ve rounded up all of my AT videos and photos. If you want to flip through my entire trip this is the place to do it. It’s also just a little proof that I did stop and smell the roses. :) [gigya src=”http://www.youtube.com/p/GdAmLUhQHob-YldTJssQMarYdpGMAwiQ?hl=en_US&fs=1″ width=”100%” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” ]  

Trail Shock

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I finished my little hike. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like I actually did it. My feet, however, constantly remind me of the abuse I put them through. They decided that it would be to remove the feeling from my toes less than halfway through the hike and well […]

JellyBean’s 2014 Appalachian Trail Hike Summary

I thought it would be neat to look at what I actually hiked. This table shows the actual trail miles I hiked and doesn’t take into account any side trails or times where I was lost. I marked every night in my guidebook and I’m really glad I did. It’s pretty neat to look back […]

JellyBean’s Gear List for 2014 Thru Hike

I guess every newbie starts the trail with more than they need. It doesn’t take long for you to realize that you shouldn’t carry certain items, and maybe there are others you could simply do with out. When I started hiking my base weight was somewhere between 22-24 lbs, when I finished my base was […]

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