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Longing for the A.T.

My husband had a massive stroke in 2010. It's not that I had walked many miles of the Appalachian Trail but it was a desire I had to add more miles to my wonderful adventure on the AT. I had hiked it some in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Shenandoah National Park which just wet my appetite for more, much more! The stroke stopped my husband cold, landing him in a wheelchair, and put a stop to me being on the trail in person. It didn’t however stop my desire for wanting to be there.

"So I have been walking the miles through the adventures of those who are blessed to be there."
The past five years I have read at least ten books and many hiker journals about the AT and have laughed and cried with the hikers as they found their way across the miles. I am looking forward to seeing the movie "A Walk in the Woods," based off of Bill Bryson's bestseller which I read four time! I support the AT by being a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for years and even purchased a brick with my trail name Moontwig on it that will be part of a sidewalk in Damascus, VA where I was fortunate to attend the Appalachian Tails Days event once.

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail for a few days or many miles gets into your soul and beckons you back. I can’t be on the trail for now but it doesn’t stop me from hiking it in my spirit.

The AT makes me smile.  

- Pam Fitzpatrick

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