A few weeks ago, I was honored to be the guest on DSMA Live with Scott, George and Cherise. We covered several topics, but toward the end of the hour, we talked about the Appalachian Trail. I’m section hiking it little by little until I complete the entire 2,180-mile trail that begins in Georgia and finishes in Maine. So far, I’ve only been able to day hike on trails of 15 miles or less, and all of those being in the Tennessee and North Carolina portions of the Great Smoky Mountains. I am comfortable being alone and doing things alone. Sometimes I even prefer it. I don’t mind going to the movies alone or even dinner alone on occasion. I’m even planning a birthday trip to Paris alone. I often hike alone, especially locally. But one thing I will NOT do is camp in the woods alone. Sorry, not happening.
As a kid, I played in the dirt, I caught bugs and even chased a snake or two in the creek bed behind our house. But as an adult, bugs are gross, snakes are terrifying and I’m not even trying to attract a bear with glucose tabs. So at the rate I’m able to day hike — it will take me the rest of my life to hike the entire trail. But, I started thinking about my online family and figured what a better group to hike with. We could plan sections in advance, and we could plan mini-vacations or long weekends around them.
The fabulous people within the DOC are scattered throughout the country and that includes from Georgia to Maine. How much fun would it be to spend time in this gorgeous setting with each other? There’s no need for explanation about diabetes, or questioning why a break is needed. If someone runs out of strips or alcohol swabs or insulin — we’re totally covered. And can you imagine the photos, stories and blogs to follow?
Cherise mentioned during DSMA Live about adding a component to my site and even look for a sponsor (Diet Coke in a camel back may have been suggested.) I’m not sure how that would all work, but at the least, we could have a fantastic time and make amazing memories. Plus, it’s an accomplishment to be proud of. You don’t have to hike the entire trail with me, but each section is beautiful in its own way. Seriously, if you’re interested in tagging along (diabetes or no diabetes), we should talk!