Choosing a Nickname BEFORE Hiking the Appalachian Trail

| November 3, 2015

After reading about the importance of having a GOOD NICKNAME (from a link posted by an experienced hiker)  I decided that choosing my OWN nickname prior to the hike might – JUST MIGHT be a good idea. Mistakes make great trail names. “A popular tradition of Appalachian Trail culture is to give thoughtful nicknames […]

Things to Ponder Before Hiking the Appalachian Trail

| November 1, 2015

Now that HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL is on my bucket list, I need to get serious about getting prepared!  This has to be a successful experience!  I think that Michelle and I have already established that the Appalachian Trail is preferable to the Pacific Coast Trail because neither of us likes to be hot,  so […]

To Hike or Not To Hike, That is the Question #hikingtheappalachiantrail

| November 1, 2015

My name is Shirley Albertson Owens and I am 71 years old.  I am an avid quilter and often pack up a wagon (similar to a backpack,  but on wheels) complete with sewing machine and materials to camp out at quilt retreats (ok – to be truthful, no tents or campfires have been involved, but […]