The Beginning

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” Lao-Tzu

Every journey has a beginning and today Steve starts his 5 month (hopefully…) thru hike of the Appalachian Trail.  What seems like months of preparation in purchasing, researching, daydreaming, and training all came to an end today, Sunday, February 22, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. when I watched him disappear into the woods at Amicalola Falls, Georgia. The weather was foggy and rainy but nothing could damper his spirits and he could hardly contain his excitement.  But he was not alone, there were a few others starting with him and you sense all their excitement and see each have the same look of resolve with a tinged with apprehension of the coming days, weeks, month ahead.

With this new journey comes a new name, a tradition on the A.T. since there will be a community of about 2,000 people traveling north and probably more than one of them are named Steve.  You need to pick a name before you leave before someone on the trail picks one for you and you are forever known as “Verizon” or “Dragon Breath”.  Steve chose “Mustard Seed” as it reminds him of one of his favorite verses in the Bible.

 …if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

I am the “Outfitters Wife” and I will also post to this blog occasionally when Mustard Seed can’t access Verizon :) Good night from the Smokey’s!.Amicalola Falls 2