Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Joint blog post from Gatlinburg
In 2 weeks, I will be joining Mackenzie for the remainder of the Appalachian Trail... Surprise! This decision did not come without a lot of prayer and faith.
As I mentioned before, I was feeling incredibly lonely after my parents left. I figured that I needed time to adjust to hiking life, but even after making friends and lots of prayer, I still felt something was missing. I thought about how great it would be to have Beau hiking with me, but knew I couldn't ask him to come thru hike with me without it being his own decision. I thought about coming home, but knew I would regret it. I decided I would propose to Beau that if I still felt lonely in another three or four weeks, would he consider coming out to hike. I called him when I had service at the NOC, and before I could even get out my proposal, he said,
I'm coming to hike with you! Luckily for me it happened to be her birthday when I told her, instantly making it the best gift I could give. Another stroke of luck was that her parents were planning on going to North Carolina on May 4 so I'm able to hitch a ride to wherever Mackenzie is on the trail.
Probably around Damascas, VA... Of course I was thrilled at this development and asked Beau several times if this was something that he wanted to do and that he wasn't doing this just for me.
After tracking her day to day progress, reading books and hearing about the remarkable things she is experiencing, I was sure that this is what I wanted to do... Plus, what am I waiting for? This is really the only chance I have to do something like this.