In 2015, I hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. After relocating to South Carolina—my wife and I were tired of Rocky Mountain winters—I realized that I was living in proximity to the granddaddy of all long trails, the Appalachian Trail, which runs 2,189 miles from Georgia to Maine.
In March 2016 I set out to hike the first third of the AT, planning to finish before Memorial Day, when I was scheduled to give a speech at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. But having hiked more than 750 miles of the trail, I found that I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and rather than waiting, I decided to hike the entire trail this summer.
The Trail Is the Teacher is the episodic story of my AT thru-hike. Just click on the Hiking category below to see the story. If you like what you see, please subscribe to the blog on the home page and you’ll receive notification whenever I make a new post.