|Crossing the Border
N.C. / Tenn. Line
This planned trip won't be the first time I've forsaken
gainful employment and headed off on an unadvisible adventure. In
early 1997 I quit my job as a reporter at WNCN-TV in Raleigh, North
Carolina. I'd decided I was tired of journalism and ready for a
change. Before I changed careers, though, I was off into the rolling
mountains of the American Southeast.
I hiked over 500 miles of the
Appalachian Trail, from its beginning at Springer Mountain in
North Georgia to the town of Marion in Southwest Virginia. It was
a good time and I met some fantastic people the likes of whom I
never would encounter in my typical journalism/professional existance.
On the following pages are the jounal entries I made
between March 24 and May 8, 1997. They're probably not very interesting
to anyone but me, but I've wanted to put them online for a while.
If for no other reason than for posterity should I lose my little
Everything is transcribed exactly as I wrote it, comprehensible
or not. In some places I've tried to explain what I was talking
about. In others, as you'll see, that would be simply impossible.
You can begin by picking a portion of the journal
from the links at the top of this page. Enjoy!.