Meet the Hikers: Jared
It’s awfully hard to get people to agree to do outlandish things – almost by definition, I suppose. And that’s too bad, because I’ve been wanting to do something outlandish for a good while now, and it’s not nearly as much fun when you’re going it alone (as I’ve found out the hard way a time or two). This is at least partly why, when an old multi-year roommate and friend of mine called me up and asked me to hike a couple thousand miles through the wilderness with him, I had to hesitate a bit…
I’m working on a social studies education degree at the moment, and at the time of this phone call, I was scheduled to do my student teaching this fall. So, of course, doing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail starting in early July seemed to be completely out of the question. But when I spoke to my academic advisor and found that delaying my student teaching by one semester would be entirely doable, I found myself without an excuse. And once we recruited a third adventurer, I felt I had no choice in the matter. Could I ever again hope to find two good friends who were willing to take five months out of their schedules to go on an adventure of this caliber!?
Then again, I’ve never even gone camping before, and I can hardly keep my composure when a moth flies by. Nonetheless, there’s no turning back now – it’s full steam ahead! Armed with musical instruments, bibles, and hopefully some food and water, I think we’ll have our work cut out for us. So be it!