Today I learned that a most amusing and talented colleague is about to leave Nature for a Great Adventure: walking the Appalachian Trail – and blogging about it en route. Billy Goat and Little Pony’s blog, 1,000 mile summer (in Jenny’s favourite Blogger design template, appropriately woodsy) states:
Join us as we leave behind our 9to5 Washington, DC lives for a 3 month journey on the Appalachian Trail from West Virginia to Maine. Can a couple make it in the woods, alone, with little showering, and dehydrated foods and twigs as substance? Stay tuned and find out.
I recommend staying in touch, it will be an exhilerating ride (or tramp). Here’s a sample post:
When I told my mom our plans for our AT trek, she joked that Polina should start in Maine, I should start in Georgia and we could finish together at the Harper’s Ferry halfway point. My mom, like most of our friends and family, probably picked up on the Billy Goat’s and Little Pony’s shared personality traits: passion mixed with a little bit of stubbornness—and extreme sensitivity, despite our semi-tough exteriors. My mom’s implicit message was that two people with these same qualities spending that much time over that much distance over such conditions were due for a relationship meltdown–and we haven’t even married two years, much less reproduced.