[at-l] 13 years ago today...

Allen Freeman allen at allenf.com
Sat Mar 17 12:44:42 CDT 2012

Tomorrow will be the third anniversary of my start, and I think about
it every day. And my hike did change my life. I got home and started
sending out resumes and talking to head hunters in search of another
cubicle job, then I realized I didn't want to do that anymore so I
went to work for myself. A lot less money and a lot more satisfaction.

Monkeywrench, '09

On Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM, Mara Factor <mfactor at gmail.com> wrote:
> 13 years ago today, I started the AT from Amicalola.  Six and a half months
> later, I finished my thruhike on Katahdin in terribly cold and foggy
> conditions.  No complaints though.  The mountain closed for ten days just
> afterwards.
> I soon went back to work and life seemed like it hadn't changed that much.
>  But three years later, when I got laid off, I took my new found attitude
> towards life (it will always work out), and applied it to travel and other
> hiking forays.  I was a traveler before I was a hiker so maybe this would
> have happened anyway but I suspect the thruhiker attitude got me out there
> for longer periods sooner than I would have otherwise.
> I just heard from one of the people I met at Springer Mountain Shelter after
> my first day on the trail.  So it seems I'm not the only one of my class
> with Springer Fever.
> Plus, an email from him to a group of us '99ers yielded at least a couple of
> others who have also gotten the travel bug and have taken to leaving it all
> behind and traveling for extended periods.
> I don't know if any of this means anything but it seemed interesting to
> share.
> Mara
> Stitches, AT99
> Visit my Travels and Trails web site at:
> http://friends.backcountry.net/m_factor

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