I just finished #thruhiking the most iconic long distance #trail in the world! The @appalachiantrail was such a rollercoaster. Mentally and physically it pushed me to the very brink. None of my previous hikes brutalized me this way. It was absolutely sadistic at times - had me schlepping through miles of pure rock, tripping over roots, bouldering up sheer mountain faces - I got scraped and stabbed; ended up face planting in the dirt more times than I can count; I screamed and cried and cursed the gods for putting me through such hell - and just as many times I laughed my ass off with my incredible trail family - @rebecca.harnish, @moronman, @austincolelambert_jinx, @garrettvandeperre and Crypto - creating ridiculous inside jokes throughout the course of 14 states. And, throughout the 5+ months I met some of the most amazing people you could ever meet. That's the thing about thru-hiking - once you're in it and you meet this insane motley crew of characters, you wonder how if you had waited a year or gone a year earlier, how they wouldn't be in your life. And that's pretty damn impossible to imagine, especially now that this incredible adventure is over. To all you beautiful souls I met on this wild ride - thank you for sharing your stories and your love with me. To all my friends and family who supported me through this - I can't thank you enough. Tomorrow I head to Bangor, ME - home of Stephen King, and I can't get that Shawshank Redemption quote of his out of my mind: "Get busy living or get busy dying." I like to think I got lots of more great living, just like I had on the AT, ahead of me. Golden Girl out. ✌🏼 P.S: It was windy up there.
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