Walking the Appalachian Trail: A Dream Come True


Sometimes it’s a movie that sparks an idea. After watching A Walk in the Woods with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, a resident at Opengate’s Grasso house said that he would like to hike on the Appalachian Trail.

The movie, about an aging travel writer who takes a long-lost friend for a hike along the Appalachian Trail, is full of beautiful scenery, triumphs and comedic mishaps along the way.

The Trail stretches more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Moe, a quick-thinking Grasso Residence Manager, remarked that part of the Appalachian Trail went through New York and that if the individual wanted to, he would be able to hike part of the trail before winter.

Agreeing to make it happen, the two made the trek on Columbus Day weekend at Fahnestock State Park in Kent, N.Y. using a map of the park to find which trail overlapped the Appalachian Trail.

During their four mile journey, they met a hiker that was doing a 50 mile section of the Trail.

With such an exhilarating experience under his belt, the individual aims to hike more of the trail in coming years and hopes to make it all the way to Georgia one day.

We applaud his efforts and wish him well

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