Bacon and Bear Bells

My journey on the Appalachian Trail

“Times they are a changin’”

A lot has changed over the past two years... In 2017, I accomplished one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. I met and formed bonds with strangers who have become lifelong friends. I fell in love. I changed... Continue Reading →

Two years ago

Today marks two years from the start of my journey on the Appalachian Trail. A day forever in my heart. A day that changed my attitude and perspective on life, people, the pursuit of dreams and living life to the... Continue Reading →

September 28th, 2017: My Final Summit Date

September 28th, 2017: A day so ingrained in my memory. My final summit day. This time one year ago, I was eating my final breakfast on trail and hugging my family before climbing Mt. Katahdin in Maine. My final summit... Continue Reading →

Let’s be pioneers of our own lives

I recently read an article that touched on the effects thru-hiking has on your body and mind. The author’s approach was genius! She roped you in with an intriguing title, then further explained her outlook as you dove deeper into... Continue Reading →

An Ode to the Dads

Around this time last year (Father’s Day to be exact), I was crossing the 1,000 mile mark on the Appalachian Trail. I remember FaceTiming dad as we walked across the stick-shaped ‘1,000’ formed in the dirt. I had just caught... Continue Reading →

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, I jumped on the approach trail at Amicalola Visitor Center to begin my journey on the Appalachian Trail. 6 months and 1 day later, I summited Mt. Katahdin in Maine. I feel and see the changes every... Continue Reading →


Notes from my journal on our last night on trail. Didn't think I would ever share this, but variations have already been published. I find myself coming across these little remnants of the trail from time to time. Weekly, or... Continue Reading →

An unbreakable bond and one incredible year

This is trail family. A bond that no one can ever take away from us. One that will be there for the rest of our lives. I’ve had a few members of my trail family visit me in Nashville recently.... Continue Reading →

The “Real” World & Post-Trail Life

I’ve officially been back in civilization or the “real world” for a couple months. My transition off trail has been a smooth one. One that I didn’t realize was going to feel so comfortable. Yes… I’ve noticed quite a few... Continue Reading →

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