I have been thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail for over 40 years and first thought about 2011 as a possible date to go at least 6 years ago. This was before I started working at GLAD, so I thought I would be ready to leave my job by 2011.
Then I got the best job in the world as executive director of GLAD. As 2011 got closer, I knew I didn’t want to leave my job. But I also knew that I still wanted to make my dream come true—I wanted to hike the AT.
I am so lucky to work at such a great place. Both the GLAD Board and the GLAD staff have been incredibly supportive. I have a seven month leave of absence so that I can both hike the trail and come back to a job I love.
As much as I have read about hiking the AT and as much as I have tried to prepare, I don’t really know what the next few months will bring. I will be blogging regularly at www.trailjournals.com/leeswislow, so if you are interested, you can follow this journey.
Life is full of twists and turns and ups and downs. Soon I will be experiencing that literally as well as figuratively. Wish me luck!