I could have made other summer plans you know... Like, hmm, oh gosh....... No, I couldn't. Just imagine long, breathtaking days out in the beautiful, fragrant, green wilderness, testing your physical and emotional limits, meeting all kinds of fascinating people, and being part of an insane group that decides they're going to attempt something crazy, and on a personal level terrifying!! Just for the fun of it.. and maybe because life is starting to feel unbearable.
For someone who has not been an outdoors person I figured I'd better prepare for this adventure of a lifetime!! So December 15th I started walking 3 miles every single day.... and keep the world up to date by posting selfies on Instagram... (@susanlyna) I'll probably be laughing (hysterically) on the AT.. 3 miles a day... but you know what? Just that changed me. This is where my infatuation with a romantic idea, turned to love for the great, wonderful, awe-inspiring outdoors, and that glorious feeling of pushing my limits just a little bit farther.
Day 1 Appalachian Trail Training December 15th
106 days of selfies! :P I don't know is this normal? but I'm feeling the whole experience... Lots of bitter cold, sore muscles, and determination.. The highs and lows of every one of those days.. It's exhausting!! :P I continued training all through April, and now just a couple weeks from the trip.. I'm taking it a little easier.. because I can't handle an ounce more of anything that might stress me. heheh.... planning to climb a mountain (and 2000+ miles) and can't handle another ounce of stress? To be specific; I can't handle an ounce of unnecessary stress. Actually let's just hope that.. ;)
Day 106 Appalachian Trail Training March 31st
What am I getting myself into? I've never been away from the family longer than a month. I've done very little camping, and haven't had to go long without the convenience of a shower, washing machine, comfortable bed, wifi... Oh, oh yeah, and flushing toilets, or just an actual seat you know... Then let's add the prospects of ticks, lightening storms, black bears, hyperthermia.. What else can be added to the list?
5+ months of this!!
Can someone love green any more than I do right now?? and sunshine!! The outdoors in the winter, though magnificent in it's own way, is brutal.. It's like deciding each day to go out and face a bigger, stronger opponent. Knowing he's bigger and stronger and it's going to hurt... *sobs* Maybe I'm just reliving the past 6 months..... and I'm facing a couple new menacing monsters.. Like a 53 hour bus trip.. and oh yeah.. Hiking 2189 miles, and the lack of showers..
Wasn't this supposed to be a cheerful, happy, pro-hiking blog post???
Day something or other... Slacking off on Appalachian Trail Training May 7th 2015... ;)
What am I looking forward too?
Ok let's just calm the freak out for two seconds and try to express this idea..
There's the romantic story of why I'm going... Last summer finding true love.. yes that's right, it was me! (but of course, I'm a feminist.) or you can call her Flower Child... Seriously waking up like Sleeping Beauty, well actually living my own fairy tale.. Waking up and realizing.... Woah!! I just about missed the boat! I need to take control and start living! So the ugly sorcerers Shame, Fear, and Doubt.. Just about had me in their grasp, and I would have been tortured by a miserably mediocre existence. A despicable and excruciating curse, but not this time. No way. The day I faced them was the day I ensured freedom from that menacing power, yes I'll be battling for life, but with these amazing super powers, they'll never win, and it'll become something I look forward to battling. (please, please, please... I beg of you! *continued sobbing* lol.. :P) "Flower Child, quit groveling.." "Ok fine. I'll quit." Yeah.. So I've learned you have to take lots of deep breaths, think positive, and just put one foot in front of the other.. for 2189 miles.. *sobbing continued*
and that's why I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail.. :)
Disclaimer: No tears were actually shed in the making of this post.. Just a lot of sick butterflies, mild hyperventilation, and feeling like finding a cave out in the wilderness and never meeting civilization ever again.