The trail continues to be so good to me, I really can't explain in words just what this journey means to me. It is exactly what I needed at this point in time and wouldn't trade it for anything. It's been a very healing time for me. I've listened to "The Shack" a couple of times now and it has helped me a lot in my understanding with God and recommend that book to anyone who is interested in a different perspective on a relationship with God.
I have 271 miles to go and figure that I'll be at Springer Mtn., GA sometime in the middle of September. Kristin and Guppy if you are still following this blog, any chance you guys want to do a day hike to Springer and pick me up??? Just asking. It's hard not to start thinking about "what's next", what will interactions with Cassandra be like, what is the timeline for getting back to Washington, seeing family and friends in the Midwest, etc. It gives me something to think about, but let me assure you, I'm still present on the trail.
I've begun to realize that one reason I enjoy the trail so much is that I have a purpose everyday, so I've started to ask God, what's my purpose? I often thought it was to be a good husband and to love my family, but that has thrown me for a loop. So that is my prayer as I finish this trail and continue my journey.
As for the trail, Tennessee has been beautiful, along with North Carolina. They are well graded and besides the stinging nettles along it, it's been pretty enjoyable hiking. I'm really looking forward to the Smokies, it's one of the few places that I've backpacked before on the AT.
Hopefully I'll be able to update you once I get to Georgia, but thank you for your prayers and for following my journey.