I first set foot on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the late 1980s or early 1990s. It was a brief stroll - just a few hundred feet in eastern Pennsylvania - but it planted a seed that took a good long while to germinate.
I took my first extended hike on the AT in 2007, walking about fifty miles beyond Springer Mountain, the modest peak in northern Georgia that serves as the southern terminus of the trail. Every year or two since, I've headed back to the trail for about a week, each time picking up where I'd left off before.
The northern terminus of the AT is atop Mount Katahdin, in central Maine. In between are nearly 2,200 miles of trail, very little of it flat. At my present pace, I should finish at age 83. Links below point, once I write them, to accounts of my AT hikes to date.