Introduction to this Blog
The Appalachian Trail, or “AT”, is a 2000+ hike through the mountains from Georgia to Maine. It’s call “The People’s Trail” because two to three thousand people set off of this epic journey each springtime forming trail names and finding trail families over the next 6 months. It’s a life changing experience of simplification and fresh life perspectives I hope to capture. In March 2011, I made my first attempt to hike half of the trail. A week into it, just as I crossed from Georgia into North Carolina, I had sudden facial twitches and loss of speech! After a CT scan and MRI, I’ve now been diagnosed with brain cancer. A definite speed bump to my hike. Rather than a hindrance, I see this as an opportunity. I’m now motivated to carry on the hike more than ever, and do it better. I want others realize how important the AT is and understand how deeply it changes lives. If I can record an illustrated journal by plein air painting, it will combine the best of both worlds, the imagination through words and the emotions from visual art. Because painting I plan on being on the trail next year, 2013. Until then, there’s little time to waste improving my painting, writing skills and making a simple, lightweight painting kit to fit my pack.
“Steve’s Appalachian Trail Log: A section hike from Georgia to West Virginia”: From Dec 2010 to Feb 2012, are posts that tell of preparing for the initial hike: preparation, on-trail blog posts, and life dealing with the speed bump (brain tumor).
“The Appalachian Trail: in the footsteps of an artist”: As of July 2012, this blog has been renamed and the adventure pushes towards the next time I meet the White Blaze.
Update, June 2013: I’m doing a section hike through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park (Dick’s Creek Gap in GA to Hot Springs, NC; ~200mi). To view, look these posts, click ” 2013 AT Section HIke” on the top navigation bar.