How nerve-racking is it to start a blog? Not sure where to start, there is a lot you don’t know about me, yet. I guess I’ll start with how I got into all this outdoorsy traveling stuff.
Well, it was probably because my parents were military. Also, my dad used to tie me to trees around raging rivers when I was young so he could dip net for salmon in Alaska…. Perfect equation for a tree hugging gypsy…. No?
Most kidding aside, I met a friend, Joelle, who introduced me to a new perspective of the earth, the wilderness, plant, and water life. We took several camping trips and I increasingly fell in love with the constant reminder that the world still has beauty left in it. While doing research on different parks and different trails to visit, I came across the Appalachian trail. From that point on the AT became a bit of an obsession. Fast forward a little ways, and I decided to move to Georgia to get a little closer to the trail.
Even though my love for the trail and the wilderness has not changed, something hasn’t been right. I have been wanting to reach out to the community and help people in need. Not only that, but I’ve wanted to make connections with people who just need to be loved on. The healing and growth that is ignited with those connections and relationships are one in a million and are a product of something bigger than all of us combined.
That being said, fast forward again to the end of my assignment in Georgia, I find out my next placement is in Philadelphia, PA. A few days later, I met Dug (<~~check out his blog) who introduced me to the Oasis Projekt, A nonprofit organization which sponsors hikers/bikers/unicyclists to help take on long trails to bring awareness, raise funds, and support to stop human trafficking. Wait, so let me get this right. I’m moving to a city where there are plenty of opportunities to reach out AND I can hike and raise money for a reason. Not just any reason, a reason that can save lives, that can inspire someone, that can actually make a difference. Sign me up!!!
So here I am now, getting ready to migrate north for the winter. Totally pumped about the next few months leading up to the trail. I have tons of work to put in, between preparing for the hike and helping the Oasis Projekt. I’m nervous and worried about failing, about blogging or saying the wrong things, about screwing up one way or another. But I’m ready to help make a difference, even if it’s miniscule.
Please be patient with me and leave feedback if you have questions, tips, or even encouragement. I will be updating information and links soon, so that if you are interested in helping me make a difference that option is available to you. At the very least I hope what I share reaches someone else that will make a bigger difference.