“I was told a month ago, to bide my time and take it slow. And then I heard just yesterday, to rush and never waste the day.” It’s now officially April. That means in just a few weeks we will be heading to Georgia. How we will get there is still up for debate. My grandfather lives in Atlanta and has offered to take us to the starting point which we have decided will be the Amicalola Falls approach trail. The 8.8-mile hike climbs past Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. We have less than 3 weeks to figure out how we are getting up to Atlanta so the clock is ticking.
We are wrapping up the last of our “to-do” list items… bills, insurance, travel arrangements, last minute gear changes. I recently discovered after a 5 mile hike at Hickey’s Creek that the boots I was planning on wearing are going to be too small. I purchased them a while back before a hike we took in Georgia which ended with me popping some pretty gnarly blisters. I attributed the blisters to the socks I was wearing but now I’m realizing it was probably because of their size as well! So, I just ordered myself a new pair of Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boots. My only concern is the amount of time I will have to break them in, I am doing everything I can to prevent blisters. Next week we are hoping to take on a 15 mile hike up in Myakka State Park so it will give me a chance to test them out before we get on the trail.