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Book Release Party Day 2 - Hiking the Appalachian Trail as a Teenager
Day 2 of the Book Release Party features an interview with the companion on a trip of 2,000 plus miles, Joshua Bliss, who hiked the trail with his mom the author. Don't forget to enter the great contest afterward as part of the all week celebration!
Mom and son reunite on the Appalachian Trail this past summer
Tell us a bit about yourself.
"Well, I'm 23, I'm the lead assistant manager of a local gas station. I play games online and I read in my spare time."
How was it hiking the Appalachian Trail as a teenager? Thinking back on it, what were the highlights for you?
“It was hard, but fun. Anyone who
has spent more than a week or two on the trail can tell you, it ain't easy. The
people I met were the biggest highlights. As you go along, you find groups of
people that are going on the same adventure as you, and you can't help but feel
a camaraderie with these strangers. It's like a second family.”
Taking it easy
How about the one thing that didn’t go so well on the hike?
“I know that there are several difficult moments mentioned in
the book, Overmountain Shelter for example, but the one moment that stands
out the most was having a tough night in Connecticut outside a close-to-trail
town, and waking up to slugs in my boots and all over my tent. Talk about gross.”
What was your favorite state to hike in and why?
Sunset in Glastenbury fire tower, Vermont
Vermont, no questions asked. The woods were beautiful, the
people extremely friendly, and some of the best weather the entire trip.
How about your favorite food on the trail?
“We had this strange concoction of mashed potato mix and
dressing mix. It was very filling, and very good. Looked kind of like plaster,
(Side note: Stayed tuned for the recipe on Wednesday’s
Refreshment Day! Thanksgiving Dinner on the trail)
Ok, we know you spent six months hiking with your mom. How
was it, really? And would you recommend it for a teen and parent?
“Honestly, it was fun. Not many kids
that age get to have experiences like that, and the bonding time we had, I
wouldn't trade it for the world.
Would I recommend it? If you have
the chance, definitely. It's a life-changing journey, something you can share
for years to come.”
What is some future dream you’d like to see fulfilled in your
“I would love to hike the trail again, but solo. I loved
doing it with my mother, but i know doing it on my own, at my own pace, would
be an adventure all its own.”