Living a Dream is packed with stories of courage and confidence, independence and introspection; if they don't inspire you to pack your backpack and set out on the trail, I can't imagine what would.
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Appalachian Trail Book
This astonishing story chronicles Paralee’s amazing hike, from a woman’s prospective, as she puts one foot in front of the other, day-after-day, challenging herself beyond her comfort zone. You can share the mental and physical challenges she experienced as she would hike continually, without any contact with civilization, for days or months at a time. Her daily journal reveals the struggles of spending continuous days, on a long-distance hike.
Her competitive nature sometimes got her in trouble as she pushed to arrive at camp in a timely manner exhausted and sometimes too tired to fire up the stove. She knew her destiny was with a greater power and her final destination was to reach Katahdin in Maine.
Paralee shared her adventure with her sister Lorelei "LaTripper" Schild for the first seven-hundred miles. LaTripper made for some humorous moments for all the hikers.
Throughout the book you will find remarkable information about the origin of the Appalachian Trail, updates and rerouting issues, along with resources and advice for being a successful hiker or backpacker as you discover your own adventure.
"August 2008-Climb up Katahdin, Maine
It was raining most of the day, but it stayed cooler than if the sun had been out. We did not have any views at the top, but I was just so glad being there, I didn't even mind. It took us six hours to climb up and another six to come back down. I think we could have completed the entire climb in ten hours if it hadn't been so wet and slippery.
What a feeling of accomplishment it was when I finally reached the summit of this magnificent mountain. How exciting, watching the excitement of the thru-hikers as they reached the top of Katahdin, ending a very long hike, from Georgia to Maine. Some had tears of joy while others rushed up to the sign and kissed it overwhelmed and excited that they had just completed such a challenging adventure. Several hikers told me that the climb up Katahdin was the hardest part of the Trail for them.
The trip pushed me to the edge of my comfort zone, propelling me to a place I wasn't sure I cared to be. Even though it was only a little over five miles up, it was more than I ever expected and the hardest thing I have ever done. I don't think I could have done the hike alone and was fortunate to have four other hikers go up with me."
page 191 from Living a Dream