Patrick McVeety-Mill:

Loud & Abrasive

Musings, essays, updates, and trail logs.

  • AT Day 27: Exiting The Great Smoky Mountains


    Many of you know this already, but the Smoky mountains are a major part of my inspiration to take on the Appalachian Trail. My family and I visited in the summer of 2009, a transitive time for me (the year of the hole dig, for those in the know), and the first I heard of the AT. Beyond amazing views, crisp waterfalls that broke summer heat, and my first bear encounter, I could feel a magic in the place which I’ve found has not disappeared in the passing years.

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  • AT Day 13: First 'Zero' in Franklin, NC

    Hey all,

    Hope y’all’re well, I know I am! If you have been reading Jason’s blog you have heard a new thing hurts every day, but I say too each day is easier and better than the last.

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  • AT Day 0: The Approach

    Hello all,

    Today is the big day! Atlanta has been a fun, culturally rich, and good-beer-and-music-having place to spend our final pre-trail living, it’s time to go.

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