A Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, southern terminus, Springer Mountain

This is the first post in my new blog for hikers.

Some people ask me why I hike. For me, it boils down to the sense of adventure–especially for a long-distance hike. Eight years ago this coming March, I began a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Even now, as I think back on that morning of March 14, 2003, I remember the anticipation of several of us as we were ready and eager to take that first step into adventure.

In upcoming posts, I will write about many topics associated with hiking. Topics that will inform anyone with an urge to put on a backpack and walk into the great outdoors. I hope that you will be enlightened and that you will share your experiences with me.

 Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail--Mt. Katahdin, northern terminus

Published by Ray Anderson

Hiker and writer. Have hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, The Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail. My trail name is "HAMLET." Have written three hiking novels (thrillers). The first one, "THE TRAIL," was traditionally published in 2015. My second hiking thriller, "SIERRA," released Oct 2016. Book three in my AWOL hiking-thriller series, "THE DIVIDE" releases from Turner Publishing 8/18/2020. www.RayKAnderson.com

28 thoughts on “TakeaLongHike

  1. Ray, I’m so excited by the steps you are taking – both figuratively and literally! Congratulations on your new blog. I look forward to keeping up to date on all that’s going on with you, your writing, and your adventures.

  2. Ray,

    Your adventures on the trails inspire us. We may never leave the living room, but your adventures propel our minds to terrains we would not have imagined on our own.


  3. Nice job, Ray. I look forward to reading your posts and getting inspired. When the Yellow Pages said “let your fingers do the walking” I must have taken them too literally. Congratulations! I love the fresh look of this blog.

  4. good luck with the blog, dad. It will be interesting to see what topics will be brought up about the hikes as well the adventures, stories, dilemmas, choices(decisions), weather etc, etc that come up during the hikes.

  5. Good to here from you Ray. I too love to hike, but haven’t lately, and so I’m now 220 pounds (i.e., FAT!)

  6. Hamlet,

    Great to see your blog…nice job! Don’t know if ya remember me, Old Buzzard (Ga>ME ’08). You called me after reading my blog of the A.T. hike in newspaper(Brockton Enterprise/Patriot Ledger).
    I thought you might be interested… I will be putting on my new program “Trail Dreams” @ the Kingston Public Library, March 24th @ 7 PM. It is free, but you must register because space is limited 781-585-0517 x112 or http://www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org, calendar at-a-glance.

    Take care, Brad “Old Buzzard” Cook

  7. The information from this blog is definitely catching my interest. Someday I just might try to hike a couple of miles in the northern states to experience the pure joy of being outside, powered by my own two feet. It makes me think of Quechee Gorge in Vermont – I only went halfway down that trail toward the river, but it was like being in another truly beautiful world. Thank you, Ray, for giving us another prospective on life. I look forward to more :>)

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