Friday, April 24, 2009

Mile 164 conquered!

My Dears

Well I am in Fontana Dam, NC. I covered the 11 miles into town in about 5 hrs which was exciting, I really wanted to get here. Fontana Dam is the beginning of the 70 mile hike through the Smoky Mountains. I have hiked 164 miles to date...I am going an average of 15 miles a day now. I have to push myself a little more each day so that I get stronger. There are some days when I am hiking and the mountains feel like it does not have a summit, I will get a leaf punched onto the end of my hiking pole and I will pull it off just to not carry anything else up that It is a mental thing, ha ha, but whatever gets you up the mountain.

I really hurt my foot 5 days ago and have been hiking on it, willing to hike though the pain, but it is getting worse:( Your feet hurt all the time out here but the searing pain in my toe is getting too bad now. I am going to stay in the Fontana Lodge tonight, maybe tomorrow, and then will figure out what I will do. Any suggestions? Smile.

I have felt lonely the past day even though I meet up with lots of hikers. It is part of it I guess, you all seem millions of miles away but know that you are in my heart and I draw on your love in those times when I think it is too hard. I will keep hiking until I know it is time to come home. We say out here that you have to hike your own hike, that is the key.

I feel like I have been months and not just 17 days. Does it feel like that to you? Time is definitely lost out here. I forget what day of the week it is sometimes and do not forget what time it is only because I know that I hike from about 8am to 6pm.

I will post more tomorrow since I think I am going to need to take a day off because of my toe.

Love you.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Off To The Mountains Tomorrow

Hello My Dears

Well I am off to the mountains tomorrow. I took what is called a zero day today, where stay in town and physically recoup. It was great but I was a little bored and itchy to get back on the body did need it though.

I am loving being out here. I have learned more about myself in the past 13 days than I have in a long time. I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was and that if I dig deep I can accomplish what I set out to do no matter how hard. I have gained a greater testimony of God The Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I walk past gnarled Beech tress with their trunks pouring over a near by boulder on the trail or hear a partridge in the distance or have a ray of sunshine "pour over me like butterscotch and stick to all my senses" and I think what an amazing world was given us. I have had too many prayers answered to deny the reality of a living God.

Thank you for your support. I love you and will keep you posted.



Sunday, April 19, 2009

104 Miles Down

Hello All,

Well, it is the close of my 12th day today of hiking the Appalachian Trail...and I just past my first 100 miles (104 miles to be exact)...YAY.

I have met so many good people already. I cannot post all the pictures I have but people are so awesome here. It is an adventure. It is definitly the hardest thing mentally I have ever done, but at the close of each day I feel thankful for each mountain I made it over. I am so thankful for all the prayers you all sent out to me that I will be sucessful and have felt them answered as I make it over each mountain.

I have laughed a lot out here, many smiles and know that I well.

I cannot write much more today. I will try in a couple days.



Friday, April 10, 2009


Well this is the end of day four. Can I say the past four days have been the longest four days of my life...I am saying this while smiling as I am typing.

The first night was the most horrible night of my life. It was 20 degree's outside and windy. I was so cold that I shivered all night long and did not sleep a wink. As I laid there scared for my life, I thought "what the heck am I doing?"and felt very desperate in between my shivers. As I was laying there I thought, this too shall pass and it might look brighter in the morning. It did. I figured the first couple weeks were going to miserable and I would just endure. I am happy I did. I feel excited in the morning when I start hiking, like I can conquer the world, and by the time I roll into camp somewhere I know that I should not make any rash decisions because I am tired and sore:)

I have met so many amazing people, all on the trail for different reasons. There is a lot of support from fellow hikers and I feel all of your prayers. I will keep going knowing that everyday will be a little better. Also my trail name is Brier

Love you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Night Before...

I am so excited! I can hardly believe I am beginning this journey tomorrow. I am sitting here finishing up all of my last minute packing and spending the last night with three girls that I love dearly. We left at 4 P.M. and arrived in Atlanta at 1 A.M….I love road trips!! The nine hour drive was such a good time!

As I contemplate the goals I have for this adventure, I think of the great opportunities I have before me to grow, to meet new people and to continue to learn to laugh at life. There are some things that may be hard or unorthodox but they are still the best things to do…This is one for me.

I am not one to be na├»ve, I have been practicing karate kicks for the weirdo’s and I have my bear spray at hand. NO PROBLEM!