Happy Birthday, Acorn.

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“The Journey of Two Thousand Miles Must Begin With a Single Step”
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The dragon has been slayed. Today, I stand mighty over Springer Mountain after conquering the Approach Trail. Looking to the north, I hear a faint whisper on the wind:
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Katahdin.
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The white blazes tremble in front of me. They shall guide me for the next 2186 miles and bring me to my ultimate goal, the lonely peak of Mount Katahdin in Maine. I accept this challenge knowing that I may perish before I reach that far and distant land. Between us lies a maze of woods, mountains, rivers, and ferocious creatures known only as squirrels. They are eager for my blood.
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What is our young heroine’s next quest? Hike 30 miles to Mountain Crossings at Neel’s Gap. Acquire a hot shower, pizza, root beer, and cheese. Repeat 66 more times. I need easier hobbies in the future.
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My serious side wrote this entry in the register atop Springer Mountain :
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Twenty-eight years ago, on very day, I was born into the world in a small town in Missouri. I emerged into life and have had an incredible adventure so far. Today, I feel born again– born into a new and strange life. This is a life I chose, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Because it is a life that will push me to the limits, emotionally, physically, mentally. I welcome it with open arms and am anxious to see what lessons it has in store for me. Happy Trails and Brightest Blessings to all who begin the AT this season. May our feet remain blister-free, our sleeping bags remain warm, and our hearts remain light.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a birthday cupcake to eat and a first white blaze to kiss.

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow.

-Rayana Adra “Acorn” 3/30/2013

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16 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Acorn.

  1. Peter

    I wish you all the best in your quest, may the trail angels look after you and show you the joy and happiness of the trail all the way to Katadin. I look forward to following you virtual journal. 🙂 Peter

  2. Peter

    Oh by the way happy birthday…..

  3. Kent

    Good Luck and Happy Birthday. Mine is tomorrow. Been to the everglades and been to springer. Take it slow to start. low and steady wins the race. Good luck kid.

  4. Have so much fun!!! 😀

  5. Hey KID – A truly GREAT start – on both your hike, and on this blog! I am pulling for you all the way …

  6. Happy birthdsy! And happy hiking!

  7. Happy happy Birthday Acorn! Your cupcake sure does look delicious!

  8. I’m quite impressed that cupcake got to the top in one piece. Have a good hike!

    • Kent

      If your lucky you will cross a road day three or four . It was a gravel backroad. Sqribbles husband was there with trail Magic. Ice cold Corona with lime and sandwiches. Did I say Ice cold Corona! I did 17 miles first day and camped bye the only water a military water tank bye the road. A guy up the road brought us out Pizza!! Trudge on and Lighten the load what ya find you dont need. Ounces hurt!

  9. James workman

    Great meeting you!!, you just need to slow down we were serving trail majic with the Georgia Adsvnetures Group over the weekend! hope you made through Sat nights storm okay, it was amess for us up there, if you nedd help or amail drop just email me! james

  10. Already at Neels Gap. Full of hotdogs and love 🙂

    • Kent

      In 3 days your zoomin. dont over do it! If the shelter is full the cabins next door split between a few people are a bargain. They even do your laundry for ya! I think it was 40.00 for a cabin with three beds and a sofa. Cooked frozen pizza in the oven and food prices i the store were very reasonable.

  11. Justin

    Off to a great start! I am looking forward to following along all the way to Maine!

  12. Happy Birthday and happy hiking!

  13. Happy Birthday, and good luck on the trail.
    I see you already made that first 30m.. Very impressive. Keep it up.

  14. Happy Birthday!! The trail will change you in so many ways…enjoy every moment. Even the painful ones will carry you through everything that comes after.

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