Unplug and go outside


It’s finally here. I head out tomorrow – and don’t think I haven’t been singing this in my head all morning – especially the part about “How can I live when we are parted?” (Foxy), and also “Tomorrow we’ll be far away” (except only maybe 20 miles max) and “Tomorrow is the judgment day” (it’s supposed to be 95 degrees this weekend).

In all honesty, I am having all of the feelings I could possibly have. Excitement? Check. Nerves? Check. Trepidation? So much. Gratitude? You bet. I recognize how lucky I am to have this opportunity at all, let alone the support of so many people (this #teamhootenannie thing is wringing my heart like a dishrag). I’ve had this dream for so long, and now I get a chance to try it. With the reality of storms and possibility of injury, I don’t have a guarantee of completing the trail end to end – but I’m going to hang as tough as I can.

If I have any cell service, I’ll be posting occasionally to Instagram. There’s a chance I may post a blog or two when I pass through a town, but this space will likely be pretty quiet. I look forward to sharing stories once I’m back – but until then, it’s time to walk away from this computer for a bit. Have a wonderful July, and I’ll see you on the other side.




  1. Leigh Kramer on June 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Go forth and conquer, friend! Proud of you.

  2. Delaney on June 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Proud of you and excited to hear details of your journey!

  3. Perry on June 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I am excited for you – enjoy this journey! I know you will. Can’t wait to “see” you back on your blog though. :)

  4. jess van deusen on June 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    yahoo!!!! so excited for you annie!!! i am not on twitter and for the life of me cannot remember my login for instagram ;) but i want to be part of your team, so i will do my hashtagging here ;) can not wait to hear about your adventures along the trail! AND see you at the ben towne event in september- because it always happens so it has become my norm- and i love this norm :) sending prayers and high fives your way :) love, jess and mike
    #teamhootenannie :)

  5. Beth on June 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Will be praying for the hiking Hootenannie! Go get ’em!

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