What now?

Hello! It’s been about two months since I officially completed my trail adventure, but it’s felt more like six months. The 5 and a half months I spent on trail felt more like two months…anyways, I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout my hike and sent words of encouragement my way. I enjoyed sharing my experience and, though it was challenging to articulate everything I wanted or feel like I could do the trail justice in simple blog posts, I hope you got somewhat of a glimpse into what thru-hiking the AT can entail. The trail is about so much more than the miles. If you have even the slightest inkling of an idea to thru-hike percolating in the back of your mind DON’T IGNORE IT! I am forever grateful to myself for following through with this goal and for everyone who helped me along the way.

I would jump back on trail in a heartbeat if it was feasible, and the time will become right for another long trail eventually, I’m sure of that. The JMT, SHT, and Camino are shorter trails I’m most interested in pursuing in the near future.

About two weeks ago I moved to Asheville, NC, which was top of my list for places I wanted to move post-trail. I am the Development & Marketing Director at a nonprofit here that helps individuals who face developmental and socioeconomic challenges live more independent lives; this is an opportunity I am really excited about. Asheville has a lot to explore and, importantly, the mountains are just a short drive away! I’ve already made my way back to Max Patch and hiked Mount Mitchell since getting here. I think (know) I’m addicted to hiking.

Happy to share more with anyone thinking about going off into the woods for a while…I highly, highly recommend it.

20 thoughts on “What now?

  1. Darlene Keelor

    Hiking is definitely in your blood!! You are living in a great place to do so!
    Happy that you are close and you can hike to our house anytime you want to!


  2. Hi Sydney,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences! Your blog and Facebook postings and pictures did give me a much better appreciation of what hiking the trail. You should be so proud of yourself for hanging in there and achieving your goals. We are actually in the Asheville area now, staying in a neat country home overlooking the mountains, enjoying the cows’ mooing and the roosters crowing their morning wakeup calls. It feels like home to us, as we both grew up on small farms. What a beautiful place you choose to live! Take care! Beverly


  3. Joan Ruby

    Sydney: congratulations on your move and new position. You sound transformed, mature and happy. You should feel very proud. Brava and love and best wishes. Joan

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. atbeane

    So happy you had a great experience on the AT. Max Patch is beautiful. Our daughter Kelly, recommended we go there and spend time in Hot Springs. She was actually there 10/27. Good luck with your new job and adventures in Asheville. Diana & Ron Beane

    Sent from my iPhone



  5. tarafromtampa

    Mike and I were in your next of the woods yesterday. We drove through the Blue Ridge Pkwy to Asheville to see some Fall. I actually asked Mike if he’d be interested in hiking a part of the AT … He’s reply was “Would we spend the night in a tent or hotel?” My reply was “Maybe I should consider taking the someone else!!!” I followed your amazing, courageous hike and I’m so proud of you … The Camino is definitely on our bucket list … Thank goodness there’s hotels for Mike hahaha



  6. Dawn Landes

    Congratulations on your new job, Sydney! It sounds like the perfect opportunity for you to exercise your marketing skills for good. They are very lucky to have your energy, compassion and knowledge on their side! And the development aspect is a great way to get connected in Ashville very quickly. Who knows where this will take you — but I’m sure you are up to the adventure! Hope to get to see you next time I’m in SC or Asheville. xoxo

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