Twenty years from now will you be more disappointed by riding the Merry-Go-Round of life for the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So jump on the Roller Coaster of life and go forth to Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ 3_Mile

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Week One

It has been a whirlwind first week. Night one -7 below, night two -4 below even with these temperatures it was a great  couple of days. We zeroed at Suchess, GA, and I recommend that if you are new to the trail and you’re on the fence...

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Watch out

The first day started out just like 2014, cold and snowy but then what’s new for Fred on Springer Mountain. The approach trail was pretty much out of the question with all the blown down trees and branches from the ice  storm. Most of...

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She Believes I Can

I find myself in a place that is very uncomfortable for me. In two weeks without my best friend tagging along I am leaving to follow a dream to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. As many know last year Little D and I set out to hike the trail...

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Giving Back

We recently read a staggering number about the homeless children in America. 2.5 million children in America – one in every 30 children – go to sleep without a home of their own each year. They are America’s Youngest Outcasts...

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2015 Gear Changes

Instead of leaving in February like we did this year, we will be hitting the trail the first week of April. We will be blessed with grandchild number six in late February and photographing a wedding the end of March, so it only makes sense to...

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The twist and turns of The Trail Beckons

When Fred and I decided to chronicle our plans to thru hike the Appalachian Trail, we named our website with a play on words and fell in love with The Trail Beckons. Many conversations and a few cocktails later we quickly realized that at some...

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Bonds forged over a Common Goal

“Sometimes people come into your life for a moment, a day, or a lifetime. It matters not the time they spent with you but how they impacted your life in that time.” On February 14, 2014, a few days after the wrath of Winter Storm Pax , we...

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A curve in the trail

I recently posted this blog on Appalachian Trials and realized it is one I need to share on The Trail Beckons as well.  As most of you know, I don’t mind putting myself out there for our The Trail Beckons subscribers, but when I started...

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Expense Guide and tips for Hiking Couples

All of the information in this blog is based on our first hand experience as a couple and is only a guide to help fellow first time hiking couples have a starting point and things to consider. For most couples with limited funds this blog is...

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A Change is a Coming

We have been asked numerous times “what will you change from your first A.T. hike to your next A.T. hike.”  At first my reply was nothing, but that is now changing a little at a time. Will it be a complete overhaul? Hell no, it will be...

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A detour from the Appalachian Trail

When I started writing for Appalachian Trials I wondered what I could bring to the many followers of the blog. After my first two blogs, I learned that the many hikers and those who long to hike but can’t for a variety of reasons were...

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Whats New? Hiking in 2015

Hello all….boy a lot has changed since my last post a week ago.  I have slowly gotten back into a routine of non trail life, and man do I hate it, Deb has me “working”.   I have built her new website and I am in the process of...