Starting to feel real

28 Mar

Well, I am going to be honest. When we left the trail back in November we were heart broken. We didn’t want to talk to anyone but each other, and we wanted to just get back to work and bury our heads in the sand. I think we both were quite successful.
We talk every day, and a lot of it has been us alternating who gets to be sad and who gets to be positive. Every day we miss the trail. For a while there our return to the AT was far enough away that it did not seem like it was ever going to happen. We watched fellow hikers post their finishes on Facebook and on their blogs. While we were happy for them every post of a finish invoked waves of nausea and tears. One finisher (who didn’t even do the first 100 miles) had the nerve to tell me that storm Sandy was “annoying”. ANNOYING!!! Those of us that had to leave the trail have many different terms for the storm. All of them far more negative and inappropriate than “annoying”. Jen can attest, I held my composure quite well on my following posts to Facebook. I wanted to verbally assault the guy on the public forum but instead I explained our circumstances objectively while fighting back tears of rage.
Since then things have started to change. We had a 30 day challenge through January that I lost. I will be the “water wench” for the first two weeks of the trail. *sigh* BUT, to be honest I am so happy to get back to the trail that I don’t really care.

I have finished my work assignment and am back in Tucson. My hubby and I are going on a backpacking trip this weekend to play with some new gear and fine tune the old. I have a plane ticket, one way for now, back east. Jen is finishing up her assignment in NH. I don’t really like to speak for others but I feel confident in saying she will be happy to feel the sun shine of spring. She has plans to quickly flee the gray winter of the Northeast for some R&R and family time before we meet to plan and pack for our hike south.
I would love to tell you I am in stellar shape and only continued to hone in on the amazing endurance I acquired while hiking. Sadly, if I said such a thing I would be lying. My belly is bigger than it was in November due the amount of cookie dough and wine it took to help alleviate the sadness of the trail left unfinished. I look forward to the first two weeks on the trail as we get our legs underneath us and our extra weight behind us. (I say “us” because I have been assured that there was an equal amount of cookie dough and wine being consumed in New Hampshire) I simply cannot wait to be uncomfortable, smelly, and pushed to my emotional and physical limits. I look forward to our sisterly fights and us laughing hysterically at things that no one will ever understand or even remotely find funny. I am excited to curl up in my sleeping bag and sleep next to my friend under a blanket of trees and stars.
Yes I wax poetic, but it is true. Don’t get me wrong… I remember the infections, the falls, and the porcupines. All of those experiences just add to the awesomeness of the adventure. There is simply nothing like getting water from a puddle that you have convinced yourself is a running “stream”, yet the dog doesn’t want to drink out of it. Then 10 minutes later after boiling said water your hiking partner pulls out an inch long quill from her thumb that has been there for oh, I don’t know, a month? I know it doesn’t sound fun, but when combined with every other moment in the day it always ends up perfect.
So, we will fill you in on all of our gear and details as we get closer to our departing date. We plan on heading out April 10th or 11th depending on how fast our prep time goes. So….stay tuned. We look forward to sharing our continued adventure.

3 Responses to “Starting to feel real”

  1. Molly R. March 30, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Best of luck, Emily and Jen! We are looking forward to following your adventure, with a successful finish!

  2. Gail Gibson March 31, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    We’re so glad to hear that you will be back on the trail soon. We still think of you as Thru hikers just in a different sense of the word – you’ve been THRU a lot!
    Have a great hike and we’ll be looking for your posts.

  3. Molly April 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Best of luck for a successful finale! Have fun!

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