Hiawassee, GA to Nantahala, NC [137 miles]



Greetings from the NOC!!

Last weekend, I was curled up in my hammock, somewhere in North Carolina, and crying. It’s ok. I know myself and this was bound to happen.


To tell you the truth, I’m scared about life after the trail. I’ve always been the girl with the “5 year plan”… But now? No clue. I only have the next 5 months planned: Walk.

Each day, each step, each white blaze pulls me deeper into the rabbit-hole. I love hiking the AT, but someday, I’ll run out of white blazes to follow.

That day terrifies me.

I wish life could be as simple as following the blazed path in the woods.


Despite the tears, it has been a wonderful hiking week in North Carolina with sunny days eagerly pushing for miles. At night, I hear the music of coyotes and owls.

I’m home. I’m truly happy, here.













Feeling grateful for this mind, this body,
and these feet. These beautiful feet, who, despite daily torture, always look up every morning and ask:

“How many miles shall we go today?”

To my feet, I owe everything.


Next stop? Walking across the Smoky Mountains! See you in 100 miles!
Total blister count: 1

Categories: Georgia, North Carolina | 16 Comments

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16 thoughts on “Hiawassee, GA to Nantahala, NC [137 miles]

  1. James workkman

    Good morning Acorn, Great pics, keep smilin!! and if Georgia adventures Group can help let me know!! Hike on!!

  2. jack/snorz

    Way to go!One day at a time.

  3. Chuck McCoy

    Thank you so much for sharing your adventure here. I wanted to thru hike this year but was unable to. Your posts are vicariously appealing to me and I appreciate it so much. You keep the thrill of the adventure alive, your pictures are also cool. Keep up the good work and good pace, I might add. I will enjoy ever step with you and look forward to your pics atop Mt Katahdin! I know not only that you will make it, but by then you will not be worried about what to do when you’ve reached the end of the white blazes, you will know! 🙂

  4. KristalB

    You’ve come soooo far with only ONE blister? Remarkable. Acorns have tough skin. 🙂

  5. You are awesome, Acorn! Wish I were out there hiking with you! A few more years until I get to do my thru-hike. And yes, one of my biggest concerns is the “after” (the post-hike). I know I’ll miss it and want to go back. But you know what, when that day comes for you, it’ll be time plan another adventure. Because that’s what life’s all about (in between the necessary work and stuff, of course).

  6. Kent

    I am Jealous , I would love to be on the trail this year. Every thing happens for a reason! Heaven helps those who help themselves. My trail motto was better to try and fail than to never try at all. If you have a family some day it becomes practically impossible to thru hike till you retire. Then at that point you need your spouse to be supportive, It isn’t easy at any point in life! Enjoy this great freedom you have!

  7. I am so glad I have found your blog! You are an inspiration. March ’14 is when I plan on hittin’ the trail. In the meantime, I look forward to your updates!

  8. No chance of catching you – headed back in a week to pick up just before the NC border – but have fun!

  9. I know you’re gonna make it. It was such a pleasure hiking with you through NC. When I last saw you, you were hiking the hill up into the Smokies. I hate that I had to get off the trail, but my time was up. I’ll follow your blog until you finish. Throughout the time I hiked with you, I could tell you held in your thoughts… smart girl. Smart enough to survive until the end. The journey ahead of your, I envy, but I know, you’ll make it. Good luck! Send me word when you get to Kathadin. – Clutch

  10. btw… my blisters are worse than yours lol

  11. Acorn, I hope you make it here to Maine and find a some people to share your final steps. I havent done the AT but hope to one day. I’m going to follow you since my 79 year old mom has always picked up acorns to look at as long as I can remember. One foot in front of the other! Doublg

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    • Well Acorn you are an inspiration to us old hikers!! any help needed from Geargia Adventures group just ask!! we will be hiking this weekend from hightower to gooch Gap on the AT Saturday!!

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