Strictly speaking, the last time I touched the Appalachian Trail was October 13, 2014, when leaving the "Jersey House". But, that was when we drove over the road crossing on US-206 in Branchville, NJ.
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Today, I attended the Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Trip Planning class at REI College Park, led by Michaela. The class was ok, and it was exactly what I expected it would be, which is to say, not super helpful, given the prior reading I had been doing. It didn’t actually answer many questions I had, since I had already been musing about this for years, and done a whole lot of internet reading, and spent four hours talking with other REI employees a few days before, though it did validate some of my thoughts, so it was still useful to me. But for someone who hadn't done any of the research I had already done, it would have been an excellent introductory class.
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I have been thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail half-heartedly since 2011, and looked into it a little bit over the years, but never really seriously considered it, due to the time involved and the two concurrent jobs I've had since late 2010.
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