Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Hiking from the Southern Terminus to Hiawassee

***PSST: Be sure to check out our full photo album at the bottom of this post*** Whew!  Our first week thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from the Southern Terminus to Hiawassee, Georgia, was a real pain in the rear. Sore legs, swollen joints, pulled muscles, aching backs and blisters the size of half dollars. Can YOU think of a better way to have fun?  The first week on the trail definatly put us in our place. It's been a blast so far and I believe I speak for all involved when I say that not a single moment would be traded for the most luxurious accommodations at a five star hotel. The first 65 miles of our journey started out like many of my past weekend camping trips, huffing and puffing up a mountain, carrying my home and all worldly possessions in a neat little bundle on my back.  We started out on the trail April 5th on a sunny and unseasonably warm day. So far, of my experiences on the trail, the first 8.5 miles, up the approach trail to the top of Springer mountain, have been the hardest. After the first few days we all begain to find our stride, all the while meeting new people with a common goal. As we ambled in to the town of Hiawassee, Georgia we are all looking forward to the miles ahead. Now that we've go our trail legs and are getting into the swing of things we'll post like crazy...
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