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.