Hiking and Backpacking

Long Creek Falls
March 4, 2020
mile 5.4 on the AT

We both have always loved the outdoors and have always found a variety of ways to experience nature – scuba diving, camping, kayaking, hiking, or just taking the dogs for a walk. Nothing feels better than to be outside, with the sun on your face (or rain!), listening to the wind in the trees and the birds singing. Bonus points if there’s a waterfall nearby!

These are the exact reasons why long-distance hiking and backpacking appeal to us! What better way to experience nature, in all its beauty and adversity, than to go on a multi-day walk in the woods? 

Check the links below to follow our adventures, starting with our 2020 Appalachian Trail thru-hike attempt, and to learn about our gear choices, meal planning and prep, and many other aspects of hiking and backpacking!

Our first real backpacking adventure, an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, was started in March of 2020. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we were forced to leave the trail and go home after just 19 days.

We return to the trail exactly one year after leaving to continue the journey to Katahdin.

With so many options for hiking and backpacking gear it’s no wonder what’s in your pack (and sometimes even the pack itself) is apt to change with every trip.

Curious about our gear choices for our first backpacking trip and how those choices have evolved over time?

With our AT adventure on hold, we decided to explore our own backyard!

We’ll get to check out some of the local trails we’ve always wanted to hike while staying in shape and testing out new gear for our return to the AT in the spring of 2021.

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