Monthly Archives: September 2012

(Kristin) Fun Fact #1 about the Appalachian Trail

Eric and I have been knee deep in research about the Appalachian trail.  We’ve read hoards of blogs, read informational books, autobiographical accounts of the trail, researched gear, and so many other things regarding the trail.  So I thought it would be fun to share with our friends, family, and fellow bloggers things we find out along the way.

FUN FACT #1:  YOU GET A ‘TRAIL NAME’

  • I had no idea until I started researching that one of the cultural phenomenon on the trail is your “Trail Name”.  You can acquire a trail name from others or it can be self-given.  It looks like letting others pick your name is far more amusing though.  Eric and I didn’t realize this when we started our research, so we gave each other trail names.  Eric got “Cuddle Machine” and I got “Amazon Warrior”.  In case you can’t figure it out, Eric is ridiculously good at cuddling and I’m tall and badass.  So, then we come upon one of the many blogs we read and found out that people usually give you your names.  We are much more excited at the prospect being named.  However,  if we end up with something like “FartButt” and “SnotMonster”,  I’m happy we have names as a back up.
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(Eric) Juicing

It’s not steroids. Swear.

It’s commonly said that the only way to prepare, in physical terms anyway, for hiking over 2,100 miles is to hike over 2,100 miles. That said, it can’t hurt to be at least semi-healthy at the start of the thing right?

That’s why I’ve decided to maintain a strictly-Frappuccino diet until the trail. Nothing better than some High Fructose Corn Syrup in the morning.

Not going to happen. What is going to happen, though, is something Kristin and I have been looking into called Juicing. This involves sticking a whole bunch of raw fruits and veggies (more than you could eat) into a massive super-blender and blending the crap out of them. Then you drink the juice that comes out of it.

Some of you are definitely cringing. I happen to like fruits and vegetables raw and I also like those weird green smoothies you can get in the stores, so I think I’ll be fine. Even if you don’t like vegetables though, this might be a great option for you. Think, instead of eating a plate of gross, you only have to drink a little cup of gross. And that cup of gross has WAY more veggies in it than that plate of gross. So really its a better way to do it. Even if it looks weird.

Doing this adds a lot of nutrients to your diet. The comparison of how many vegetables you’d have to eat to get one glass of this juice is crazy. It was like a full platter of vegetables. Then, on top of this, you can “juice fast”.

We were turned onto the idea from the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” (it’s good, watch it even if you don’t like fruit, vegetables, or juice). A “juice fast” is basically cutting out food from your diet and replacing all of it with juice. Super juice (no Kool-Aid). The idea is that you get all of your necessary nutrients from the juice since each cup is a massive amount in terms of whole food.

So the mission, which we’ve already chosen to accept, is to start with a juice fast. Probably a seven day juice fast, since the two months from the movie is more of a total body overhaul that we don’t need. Once that is done, we’ll be adding at least one cup of the juice to our daily food intake. This’ll help us keep up with nutrients and lend to overall awesomeness.

Great things have been said by the people that have given it a try. It helps you lose weight, can help with digestion problems, and is pretty badass. That’s reason enough alone. You know I’m right.

If you want more information on juicing, juice fasts, and juicers, you can check out Joe Cross’ website (the fat, sick, and nearly dead guy) here http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com.

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(Kristin) Why I want to hike the Appalachian Trail

1)   Peace.  I get to wake up gently with the sun every morning instead of a blaring alarm.

It seems obvious to me humans were not made to wake up to buzzing alarms or work eight hours a day with designated eating times, never mind forcing yourself to try and sleep when you’re not tired or preventing yourself from sleeping when you are.  I’m really looking forward to letting my natural rhythms dictate life and seeing how much healthier and more peaceful life will be as a result.  The Appalachian Trail will be a wonderful way to reboot my system into remembering how us humans are supposed to interact with the world.  I hope to bring those lessons back home afterwards as well and     modify my life as much as possible to accommodate those lessons I predict Eric and I will learn out on the trail.

2)   Minimalism.  I will enjoy seeing just how much I can live without.

Do we really need that extra ‘thing’?  I know Eric and I are already fascinated by how many things people seem to want or think that they need.  We usually get a surprised gasp when we tell others that we don’t own a television.  But I’m sure there are many other things we use that we really do not need to have.  After hiking and camping for 6 months or so, one of two things will happen.  We’ll either become hoarders or realize there are many other ‘things’ we can live quite happily without.

3)   Happiness.  I am looking forward to removing myself from society for a time to help gain a fresh perspective on social norms.

It’s no secret to those close to me and those not so close; that I don’t buy into a lot of what society says is ‘right’ or ‘normal’.  I know one of the most frustrating things as a woman in the United States are the constant bombardments of how I should look or act.  When you become conscious of the constant stream of media messaging, it can be overwhelming.  I do as much as possible to remove these messages from my life, but given I’m not a hermit (and quite enjoy socializing) it requires a constant facing of the outside world.  I opened “Health” magazine and see this ad:   “Go Out with out Cover Girl on- Are you crazy?”

Oh No!!!  Look how I really look!! No make-up!! AAAAHHHH!!! Suffice it to say, I won’t be renewing my Health magazine subscription.  I think the Appalachian Trail will make me stronger in my ability to process these messages and let them go.  I’m already on that road to truly accepting myself as is and this will be just the right push to get me over the proverbial edge.  I’m not saying make-up is bad.  In fact, I truly enjoy the artistry of it sometimes.  But we shouldn’t be reading things that tell us we are crazy for not wearing make up if we don’t want to or that our natural beauty isn’t actually beautiful or enough.

4)   Physical Appreciation.  I am looking forward to seeing just how far I can push my body and learning just how amazing our bodies can be.

I absolutely love seeing how human bodies will conform to consistent activity.  I just finished my first triathlon (yay!) and it’s been so much fun seeing my physical self adjust to the demands and rigors of training.  I’ve been told hikers tend to look like this by the end of the trail.

5)   Challenge.  I thrive and learn so much when faced with difficult endeavors.

I always learn the most about myself, life, and the world when faced with challenges.  The Appalachian Trail will be full of fun, inspiring, and exciting days.  But it will also be full of never ending rainy days, wet clothes, blisters, and sore knees.  I know these things will be tough, but I also know I will learn things about myself I’ve never known.

Oh…. I almost forgot.  I am excited to annihilate an entire large pizza by myself.  I’ve read that the ‘hikers appetite’ is something rarely seen.

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