As my entire hike flashed before my eyes, Springer Mtn. loomed ever nearer. I had a mere 21 miles to the finish from highway 60. I was so excited to be finished, but at the same time, I did not want to leave the woods which have been my home for the past 5 months. The people, scenery, and the wildlife have made this trip one to remember. I walked over the last stretch of Georgian Trail and stopped a mile short of the summit at big stamp gap, which was a forest road. I only had to wait ten minutes for my parents. What I didn’t realize was that my grandparents were in the car as well. I was so emotional, I had to turn away from the camera. The five of us hiked the last mile together and I reached the summit at 4 pm on October 22, 2014. I was feeling many emotions, but happiness overcame every one of them. I had just walked pretty much the entire length of the eastern seaboard and I was happy as a clam. We had beers to celebrate and my buddy Marcus and I celebrated our hike together. We had a celebratory dinner afterwords and I fell asleep late at the hotel.
This journey was everything and more and I can’t wait for my next adventure! Thank you to my support team! I couldn’t have done it without you guys!
In the famous words of John Muir, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”