I will be hiking the Appalachian Trail in the March of 2016. The Appalachian Trail goes through 14 states from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine and is 2,180 miles long. I intend to do a North-Bound (NOBO) ‘thru-hike,’ which means hiking the whole trail continuously. It takes 5-6 months to complete and only 1 in 4 thru-hikers actually finish the trail. I hope that I will be one of them!

Bud (my husband) is graciously supporting me in my endeavor, and has encouraged me to pursue this dream of mine. He also helped me choose my trail name: Arkansas Traveler. ‘Arkansas Traveler’ is a type of Heirloom tomato that grows well in these parts. I found out that there is a song of the same name that use to be the State Song of Arkansas. It is a fiddle tune, and many of you might know the tune as, “I’m Squishing Up a Baby Bumblebee.”

This blog will eventually be my trail journal when I start my hike, and until then, I’ll use it to write about my preparations for the trip.



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  1. I was hoping to start my own thru NOBO hike in 2016 but it will likely slip to 17 or even 18. I’ve put it off for 40 years, a couple more will have to do! I am following several thru hike blogs and learning much. Looking forward to your prep and gear information. March on!


    1. Thanks, Mike. Keep the dream alive!

      “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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  2. I look forward to watching your journey!
    I don’t like to hike, but my children and husband would be all over something like this! It’s great to see you doing something you have dreamed of and putting it into action!


    1. Thank you, Shanda. I’ve read if you don’t come up with one yourself, you are often given one which is based on some mishap. Arkansas Traveler seemed fitting.


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