Hello friends! Today we are officially starting our Appalachian Trail Tales blog!

We’ve spent the past 3 1/2 years living in Costa Rica – which was our first big adventure – and man, has it been awesome. Leaving our corporate jobs in Dallas and moving away from the rat race was one of the best decisions we ever made. We can’t say enough great things about the Pura Vida country and all we have learned about ourselves since quitting our jobs.  If you haven’t already done so, you can check out our Costa Rica blogs here:

Costa Rica Chica
Costa Rica Curious

After several years of living in paradise, and hiking almost every morning in our Central Valley backyard, we have gotten the itch for our next big adventure…  and that is to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail!

Why, some of you may ask?  Well, we both love hiking, we still feel young, our bodies are able – and why wait?  We might die tomorrow or get old before we know it. We want to DO all the things we’ve dreamed about doing while we still can. We are currently spending some time with my mom in Wisconsin, while we narrow down our gear list and prepare for our thru-hike in March, 2017.

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Hiking to a hidden waterfall near our home in Costa Rica.

The Appalachian Trail (also known as the “AT”) is 2,189.1 miles long and runs from the southern terminus of Spring Mountain, Georgia to the northern terminus of Mt. Katahdin, Maine. You can hike it either way – south bound (SOBO) or north bound (NOBO); but we, like the majority of thru-hikers, will be going NOBO. We will carry everything we need on our backs. The biggest challenge so far has been trying to keep our pack weight down (the more our packs weigh, the harder it is to hike 15-25 miles a day!).

We are so completely excited about this new adventure! We know some of you may never have heard of the AT, or have 1,001 questions about it. We will be blogging and doing videos about the AT and all it entails in the months to follow – so stay tuned, and better yet – sign up for this blog!!

Here’s our short video we did, to announce our hike:

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Happy Trails! — Jen & Greg

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