When Waterville Valley resident, Brenda Conklin,turned 60 years old a couple of years ago, she decided to celebrate her birthday by fulfilling a life-long dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Having completed the northern half from Katahdin in Maine to Duncannon, PA, Brenda recently returned to the 2,181-mile AT to resume her trek, starting in Virginia and hiking northward.
Brenda’s husband, Preston, is providing support for the first 14 days of her hike; driving a loaded supply vehicle to designated pick-up spots and ferrying her to a motel each night. This allows Brenda to hike faster with a lighter day pack. After 14 days, Preston will return to Waterville Valley and Brenda will continue north with a 40-pound pack and sleeping in a tent. She’ll resupply with packages mailed by Preston to pre-arranged Post Offices along the way.
Best wishes, Brenda!
Excerpted from the Waterville Valley WigWag