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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Dec 28, 2017

We first met Nate and Sharon at Trail Days in Damascus earlier in 2017. I was initially fascinated by the signs of Katahdin that Nate was selling, but he had such a compelling story to tell so I went back to him and Sharon to do a full interview. Life (or young Hank) got in the way between then and now, so it wasn't until recently that we were able to complete the interview. Neither of the children was awake as we talked, though Asher Thomas (AT) decided that he had something to say after our chat.



The signs continue to be a source of pride, income, and an opportunity for The Hiking Vikings to give back to the trail in the form of donations to the ATC. The two pictures below are both of the replica sign; one on top of a mountain and one that lives on my desk. These are a constant reminder of the day you did something special. If you'd like to buy one, go on over to




There is so much about Nate and Sharon's journey that is worth watching, so these links should give you a flavor of what happened when the two of them took on the Appalachian Trail.

First, there is the MacAfee Knob proposal, surely the most romantic place to pop the question. Then, there is their Katahdin finale video "Walking Together." You can see these videos and many others on Nate and Sharon's YouTube channel, Between The Blazes.



If you'd like to follow Nate and Sharon, you can find them on both Facebook and Twitter under the name "tokatahdin."

We also have a great run through of another lesser-known trail, the Superior Hiking Trail by Blaise Vitale. Blaise is soon to attempt an Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2018. Learn more about the Superior Hiking Trail here.

Thanks, as always to our generous sponsors, Trailtopia. Don't forget to visit their site as well as our brother podcast, Returning To Katahdin. If you'd like to find out even more about Bruce's journey, visit his site,