Welcome to Happy Hiking

Welcome to my blog. Lace up you hiking boots, strap on your pack and join me for a wild adventure as we learn about life on the Appalachian Trail. Since my hike will begin in just over a month, I need to catch you up on my pre-hike preparations. So I will do a few historical postings from my journal that I have been keeping. Ready? Here we go. Happy Hiking, Emily

July 8, 2014

I guess this makes it official. Almost a year ago a friend of mine asked if I wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. My response was, “Yeah!!!” We decided on 2015 since both of us would be empty-nesters. We would be two stay-at-home moms who deserved a well needed break. Not that we needed one since after all, all we did was stay home with the kids while our hubbys worked. Several books later, countless trips to equipment stores, online browsing and not so positive encouragement from friends and family, 2015 is closing in. Since that first day she asked, not a week has gone by that I haven’t been thinking of my adventure. I plan to leave home in early February 2015 to be back for my son’s 21st birthday and for UMaine football.

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.