Sherzieve

Sherzieve's Appalachian Trail Experience

Appalachian Trail Sign

Ever since I was a young child, I have had a strong desire to accomplish something that was very large. That accomplishment was hiking the Appalachian Trail, and one of the reasons why it was so dear to me was because the trail happened to be in my backyard. As a matter of fact, I spent a lot of my youth walking around through the Appalachian Mountains and discovering all that there was to see. As I grew older, I began to realize that taking on the trail was something that I would eventually have to do.

Along the way, I took a little bit of a detour because I decided that I was going to get married and raise a family. At the time, I really didn't think much about it but in later years I realized that this really put my entire plan of hiking the Appalachian Trail on hold. The unfortunate thing is, I also tended to gain a little bit of weight and got out of shape during these years, which made it more difficult for me to realize the dream of hiking the trail as well.

It wasn't until my retirement years that I finally began to come back to the thought that I would hike the trail from start to finish. After doing a little bit of research, however, I realized that doing it all in one shot was going to be a very difficult thing, indeed. There was something that I decided to do, however, and this was to piece together the trail in small, easier to manage sections. After doing research on this, I was surprised with exactly how many people also did this as well. It would take me several years but I was able to do much more than I had ever thought possible by just hiking the trail in small increments, anywhere from a weekend up to a couple of weeks, depending upon the part of the trail that I was hiking.

Another benefit that I found to hiking the trail in this way is the fact that I was able to take it on during the better parts of the year so that the weather was always in my favor. This is something that I really appreciated, especially after working the majority of my life outdoors and finding it difficult to enjoy some of the more inclement weather that I would be up against. Since the Appalachian Trail spans from Georgia to Maine, it was easy to find certain times of the year whatever you could hike almost any part of the trail, provided you planned in advance.

Although I have not touched all 2000 miles of the Appalachian Trail, I have touched many portions of the trail in almost every area along its length. Even though it would have been nice to hike it all the way from the beginning to the end, I do not regret the fact that I was unable to do so. In fact, I was probably able to enjoy the journey more and it is something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.