Stop for a drink—on the rocks

Blackrock Summit//Shenandoah National Park//Photo by Brent McGuirt//Text by Anne Baker, marketing assistant

Sometimes the best discoveries are made while you’re sitting down. Like that time when you were out on the Trail, enjoying your ramen or peanut butter while perched on a rock. You may have watched an ant crawl by, carrying a crumb to its colony; you might have noticed a particular kind of bird for the very first time. The point is observation.

The Appalachian Trail is about you learning how to enjoy and appreciate what’s around you, whether it’s the scenery, the people, the towns, the weather, or even those dang shelter mice. Sometimes that means you’ll have to sit down and reflect (on and off the Trail), and we hope this blog will help you on that journey.

So—take a seat, grab a drink, and check back with us regularly. And don’t forget to leave us some love below.

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27 Comments

    1. the appalachian trail, Georgia to Maine will always live in my heart. Thank you conservancy for providing a publication that lights up the lives of past, present and future hikers. We all thank you for each publication.

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  1. Saying hello and leaving you some love! Like the idea of the blog, but cutting the 6 magazines to a quarterly format may send some of us into AT withdrawal symptoms. Just assure us that the content won’t suffer. Looking forward to the next edition. I appreciate all you do.

    AKA: Windsong

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  2. I am looking forward to seeing the new quarterly magazine and now that there is a blog, this is going to be good to keep in touch with all of the happenings along my favorite long distance trail! Thanks for all that you do!

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  3. Like Deleana (Dee) Adams I am also saying hello and leaving you some love! I know the AT through SNP is not the middle of the trail but I think of it that way, plus it is not that far from Harpers Ferry, so it is a great section to feature a photo from in the first blog post. I have hiked several trails in SNP, including sections of the AT, and had the pleasure of taking a LNT Master Educator class in SNP, so that section of the AT is close to my heart. The photo reminds me why it is special. Nothing says “Appalachian”, “mountains”, and “rugged” like lichen encrusted rocks on a summit.

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  4. Happy New Year! I’m thinking about the two sections I’m planning to hike this year. Planning my walks gives me something good to look forward to. I think quarterly magazines will be good. It should allow more time for building each magazine. Thanks for all you do for the trail!

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  5. What a great idea! Even though I enjoyed Journeys when it came, I agree that quarterly makes sense. And this blog (which will hopefully provide interim updates and information) will fill any gaps. Good thinking, ATC!

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  6. Looking forward to the winter issue. Hope that the 4 issues are a little larger and include more content. Thanks for the great job that everyone is doing.

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  7. John Matjasko…….wingman………..I loved the six mags a year and always wanted more….more…more….oh wel those mags are hard to put out…guess i’ll just have to go back out on the trail soon….Thanks for all your work…..

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