Double Blaze

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

In 1985 I found myself burned out from a high stress job at the age of twenty-six. I needed a change of direction and decided to attempt a long distance hike from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail. I was on a limited budget and the trail maps were expensive so I decided to hike without them. After all, the trail is very well marked by white rectangular blazes on tree trunks and rocks. A double blaze alerts hikers to a change of direction. For me, the Appalachian Trail was my double blaze in life. I filled up six notebooks documenting my journey and this memoir is based on those notes and the memories each entry sparks.

Table of Contents

Change in Direction

Late at night in a trail shelter in the Smoky Mountains a half dozen of my best friends and I were in our sleeping bags and packed in lik... Read Chapter

The Hike Begins

During my first week on the Appalachian Trail I got to know some of my fellow hikers and realized this might be more of a social thing than I realized. I also gained a new respect for the weather.
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Great Smoky Mountains

The next morning at Cold Spring shelter, Pete Van Why announced it was eighteen degrees at 7:00 a.m. and a light dusting of snow had fall... Read Chapter

Hot Springs with Heday

On April 17th we all gathered at Cosby Knob shelter. Everyone was present except Don the Udder Farm Boy who was missing in action. I was ... Read Chapter

Erwin, Tennessee

Monday morning I sat on the top row of steps of the Rich Mountain tower and prepared my breakfast while taking in the view of Bluff Mount... Read Chapter

The Tingles Sign Company

On April 27, I found myself twelve miles from the nearest shelter and caught in a downpour, yet I remained dry enough to write in my jour... Read Chapter

Roan Mountain to Damascus

On the morning of April 29, I lingered at the Clyde Smith shelter waiting for the camp fire to go out while a cranky old crow yelled at m... Read Chapter

Hiking with Big Dog

On May 7, I had lunch along highway 58 with Deano, Todd, and Dan the Glamour Boy, who also goes by the Spice Kid. A section hiker named M... Read Chapter

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Intriguing, vivid picture you paint - great writing. I hike and ramble - but nowhere near as far as you - living in England as I do. Keep going!

Thu, November 4th, 2021 11:00pm

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