I’ve had romantic notions about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail for many years now. As my daydreams cemented into a definite life goal, I realized that this year was the best year to set off on my journey. I just finished a nurse practitioner program in December so all I have to do now is not find a job… Easy enough 🙂 Since making this awesome decision I’ve been on a 2-day backpacking trip in the Whites and a 4-day backpacking trip in the Ozarks–just enough to get my feet wet and test out some gear. Otherwise I’m pretty new to this! I’m so excited for my adventure and knowing that I’ll have all-natural goodies waiting for me along the way will certainly make things easier!