Adventures of a Trail Stooge

Welcome to the story of my thru-hike. This blog recounts the biggest moments of a five-month walk from Georgia to Maine. Each blog entry, from my time in Georgia as a novice hiker to my final moments in Maine is true. Yet that statement deserves qualification. When I wrote these, I knew that my friends and family would read every word, and because of that, I tried to write through the lens of light hearted optimism, often denying readers in

sight into the raw mental and physical demands of the trail. I also often denied them the raw insight into the turmoil of my own mind and its evolving framework. On a few rare occasions, I opened up about my ideas and thoughts, but even those were premeditated and consciously constructed summaries of the nebulous understanding that I came to have.

So what made it onto the blog was not exactly the whole truth. I hope to share the more complete truth with you when I release my e-book, Adventures of a Trail Stooge, on Amazon on July 28. There was, and is, something deeper that my  blog entries couldn’t express. On the AT, I had an experience like none I’ve ever had, and Adventures of a Trail Stooge attempts to convey my time on the trail as a holistic and raw experience–both good and bad–that has altered my life and the way I conceive of the world.

Despite the fact that my blog entries are a filtered and polished perspective of my trip, they are one of the greatest assets to come from my journey. They are a concentration of the laughs and the celebrations that were my AT thru-hike; they are the essays of my trip written in conscientious love and happiness. Look at them and know that the stories they tell are not the raw experiences of five months–they are excerpts and snapshots, pulling the greatest moments into focus and sharing them with you. So thanks for reading, and I hope you get a chance to check out Adventures of a Trail Stooge soon.

Leaving Hoboken

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So it's the night before I catch my flight down to Atlanta. The…

The Night Before

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So it's almost 10:30 the night before I catch my flight down…

Trail Update #1 - The Start to Hiawasee

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Hello all! So I've made it to the fine town of Hiawasee Georgia.…

Something I've Left Out For a Reason - My (stoogy) Siblings

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As some of you probably noticed, I failed to mention anything…

Trail Update #2 - First Milestone and the NOC

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So I am here at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), one of the…

A Tribute to Trekking Poles

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Before I started this journey, I was looking for reasons to not…

Trail Update # 3 - The Smokies and Hot Springs

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Hello all! I have made it through the Smoky Mountains to the…

Trail Gremlins - A Sighting

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Sorry to write another post so quickly on the heels of my last…

Trail Update #4 - To Erwin and Celli's

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Wow! So I realized how much of a slacker I've been with the posts…

Trail Update #5 - Erwin to Damascus

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I have made it to Virginia! This is my unofficial quarter way…

Trail Update #6 - Damascus to Pearisburg

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So tonight is my last night at home before heading back to the…

Trail Update #7 - Pearisburg to Dalesville (almost)

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I'll give you a quick update while I'm hanging out here in Dalesville.…

Home - A Conglomeration of Celebrations

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So in my very lazy post from the end of my time spent at home,…

A Photo From Rusty

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So back in the Roan Mountain area, I hiked with a guy named Rusty.…

Trail Update #8 - Hiking with The Googan

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Getting back on the trail after a zero day is always tough. But…

Trail Update #9 - An Unexpected Stop

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So right now I am at my aunt and uncle's house on the computer.…

Trail Update #10 - Luray, Virginia

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First off, I'd like to thank my worldwide audience. Yes, I said…

Trail Update #11 - Harper's Ferry, WV

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These libraries in these towns are killing me! They really do…

Merrell Barefoot - Trail Gloves and Sonic Gloves

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As some of you may know, pretty much all the footwear I've worn…

The Trail Stooge Has Been Busy

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Sir Stooge has had a hectic past two weeks and has not had the…

Trail Update #12 - Post Harper's Ferry

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Oh my goodness! The Trail Stooge has been the Slacking Stooge…

Trail Update #13 - Solitaire's Ugly Face

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Solitaire!! Don't make me come out there and give you a thrashing…

Alone

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So a lot of people are kind of baffled, or weirded out when I…

Trail Update #14 - Joe Don the Megaladon, Ma, Pa, and D

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So as I've said in some past posts, my buddy Neil (Joe Don the…

"You're Not Going To Make It"

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It's pretty amazing how much we hear this line from people. A…

Trail Update #15 - Pawling to Dalton to Home

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Solitaire! Post your blog entry! Had to get another threat in.…

Trail Update #16 - Dalton through Vermont

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So let’s see what’s happened since Dalton. And yes, I am…

Trail Update #17 - New Hampshire and the Whites

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The Whites! Since Harper's Ferry, my eyes have been set upon…

An account of Solitaire in Solitude

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I apologize in advance for such a long entry... -------------- About…

Trail Update #18 - A Short Update Before The End!

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So I'm at another one of those libraries that doesn't let you…

Mel Brooks Film

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Anyone want to watch a Mel Brooks film when I get home?

Trail Update #19 - Southern Maine

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So after getting out of the Whites, I honestly thought I was…

Trail Update #20 - Stratton to Baxter

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Hiking out of Stratton, I hung with Munchies for the next few…

Trail Update #21 - Mount Katahdin

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I had a pretty tough time sleeping the night before summit day.…

I Suppose This Is The End...

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So I guess this is the end of the Appalachian Trail. I've been…

A Return to the Trail

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For several days last week, I made a return to the trail. I brought…

Sausage Thighs the Destroyer on the AT

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Hiking the AT is something I only became familiar with last year. …

Karate on the AT

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Somewhere in Pennsylvania, with Indy close behind and rattle…

Shoe Review #2 - Merrell Bare Access 2

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This post is a bit late, but I was checking out some other Merrell…