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Throw Back Thursday - January 30, 2015

You guessed it! Thursday's corny title is none-other than, Throw Back Thursday. And why not start with a blast from the past. The year my blog writing all started when I first hiked the Appalachian Trail. My intitial blog host was the Bangor Daily News, the most prominent paper for Maine. It was titled Happy Hiking.

Here is my very first public writing. Which can still be found at the link below. For your ease, I will copy and paste the blog text.

This year marks 5 years since my Appalachian Trail through hike. I have planned an anniversary summit hike of Katahdin, the Northern terminus, this September. My dear hiking tramily (trail family) members; Maps, Moxie, and Wye knot & his girlfriend, and my hubby will joining me. It seems like only yesterday I embarked on that grand adventure. It is such a huge part of my life and who I have become.

It is a short post, but it is where it all began. Let's flip that time travel switch, ready, go.....


"January 30, 2015

Welcome to my blog. Lace up you hiking boots, strap on your pack and join me for a wild adventure as we learn about life on the Appalachian Trail. Since my hike will begin in just over a month, I need to catch you up on my pre-hike preparations. So I will do a few historical postings from my journal that I have been keeping. Ready? Here we go. Happy Hiking, Emily

July 8, 2014

I guess this makes it official. Almost a year ago a friend of mine asked if I wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. My response was, “Yeah!!!” We decided on 2015 since both of us would be empty-nesters. We would be two stay-at-home moms who deserved a well needed break. Not that we needed one since after all, all we did was stay home with the kids while our hubbys worked. Several books later, countless trips to equipment stores, online browsing and not so positive encouragement from friends and family, 2015 is closing in. Since that first day she asked, not a week has gone by that I haven’t been thinking of my adventure. I plan to leave home in early February 2015 to be back for my son’s 21st birthday and for UMaine football."


I even left the errors in it. I wanted you to feel at home.

I do hope you noticed the sarcasm. I think stay at home moms, working at home moms and dads, and everyone else mandated to stay put, will be ready for a long distance get-away as soon as social distancing measures ease up.

It's amazing where I have come since then. The changes from my experience are immeasurable. Similar, but, by no means as heartbreaking as what is going on with Corona. I endured hardships, loneliness, loss, pain, growth - good and bad, hunger and even tragedy. But I also experienced the good. And just like childbirth, you soon forget the pain, the anguish of the hike was forgotten and only sweet memories remain. Yes, I still remember the tough stuff, but it is in the background and shadowed by the beauty.

Corona is changing us, one day at a time. Sometimes for the good. Sometimes for the bad. But we will get through this and hopefully in 5 years (hopefully way less than that) the good will shine through lighting our way to a brighter future.


To read my original hiking blog visit the link below


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