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Well, this time next week I will be on my way north through the Appalachian Mountains. It has been quite the adventure in itself just preparing for this hike. I can't even imagine what kind of adventure it is going to be once I actually get started. Since I have been in Atlanta, it seems like the past couple weeks have flown by. These next six days will probably be in hyper-speed as I tie-up the remaining loose ends and answer the 5,000 questions that my parents still have.
I made the most out of my last full weekend in civilization. Of course, I started it with a nice day hike up and around Kennesaw Mountain. This gave me a chance to make sure everything was in working order and ready to go for next Monday. It was a nice morning for a hike, and even though it was pretty overcast; I had the trail all to myself. With the frost on the ground and temperatures in the low 30s, my layered clothing system worked perfectly. My Capilene 4 hoody worked far better than I expected to, and has turned into one of my favorite pieces of gear. I never had to put my down jacket on which was surprising.
Well, as I pack up the last of my gear and gather my first four days worth of food; the whirlwind of emotions are really setting it in. I am super excited and super nervous. It is kind of like that feeling that you get the night before your first day of school or first day at a new job, but magnify that by about 10. In all, I am just ready to get started. My next update will be from Amicalola Falls, the start of the Approach Trail to Springer Mountain! In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from my Kennesaw Mountain.