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Joanna Ezinga hiked the Appalachian Trail for MRS

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Joanna Ezinga

Trail: Appalachian Trail     Goal: 2189 Miles
Dates: Mar 18 2015 - Jul 22 2015
In 2010 I accidentally became a long distance hiker when my one month hike on the Appalachian Trail turned into a 6 month thru-hike. This year, in honor of my 5 year anniversary, I am once again walking the AT - and - raising money for the children ... more
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39

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$6501.33

1410

$4187.70

$3262.34

Mountain Road School is a small, independent school that has provided progressive and heartfelt education since 1975. Serving preschool through eighth grade in multi-aged classrooms, we are located on 20 beautiful acres in New Lebanon, New York.
Journal

The Conclusion

Home - Mile 1410 - Jul 29th, 2015

Dear Friends and Family,
In my last posting, I shared with you my ambivalence about continuing my hike. In response, many of you wrote back with beautiful messages of love and support. I am lucky to have such loving and wise friends and family. Your guidance helped me clarify my thoughts and feelings, and come to a decision. Thank you for being there for me.
Being the impatience sort, it was hard for me to step back from doing and just be still. But once I allowed myself to pause, I realized how tired I was. During my first week home I slept more that I was awake. During this time of reflection, I came to understand the true nature of the challenge before me. It wasn't about climbing mountains, backpacking through the wilderness, or going without a shower for days - that is the easy stuff. The real challenge was slowing down, listening, and accepting the messages my heart and mind were sending. Once I stopped resisting, the path became clear. The hike had shifted from being a daily choice to a daily chore. I no longer felt the joy and delight I once did. Accepting this truth wasn't easy, as I deeply love the trail and had every intention of completing a second thru-hike.
It has been two weeks since I returned home. My body is fully rested and I can walk without any pain. My heart is also more at ease. Though it is always hard to say goodbye to something you love, I know the Trail will be there for me, whether it is next month or next year. I will probably do some day hikes in the Berkshires over the balance of the summer and fall, adding to my total mileage, but I have no immediate plans to continue on to Katahdin.
I offer my deepest gratitude to each of you for your love and support and hope you are not disappointed in me. 4 months and 1410 miles is a worthy accomplishment and I am proud of myself for every step. I am also proud I had the courage to step away, when it became clear that was the right thing to do.
I will be in touch again with another update and I expect you will also hear from hikefor.com about how to finalize your pledge. Though I haven't completed all 2189 miles, if it feels right, your final pledge can be based on that distance.
My love and gratitude to everyone reading this. Many of you I have never met, which makes your participation in my hike even more amazing.
Thank you all.

Seeker

Home - Mile 1410 - Jul 29th, 2015

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Hi Seeker, Well done. The school is fortunate to have you on their side. As tough as it was to end your hike, it sounds as if you have come to terms with it. When it comes to " Hike your own hike " you did a great job.
The Wizard

Randy Faulkner

Aug 28 2015 12:52AM

There's only a select few who have accomplished as much as you, hold your head high and be proud, Dudley

Dudley Kinnas

Jul 26 2015 08:36AM

Hello Joanna!
So nice to see you at Mountain Road this past weekend. Our many festivities -- especially the groundbreaking for "The Pines" -- were infinitely enriched by your presence. Thank you so much for taking a break from your hike to join us!
Here's a nice little writeup in the Chatham Courier about that groundbreaking...
http://www.columbiagreenemedia.com/chatham_courier/news/article_0d8c58fc-14f7-11e5-93b6-f733305473d3.html
Happy trails, Joanna!

anne undeland

Jun 19 2015 09:02AM

Self understanding and awareness come in small portions without fan fare. This is wisdom. See? Maybe not an epiphany in the traditional sense but no less profound. I am sorry I didn't get to see more of you during your visit home but the best news is that for me, you are always here. See you soon.

Betsy Feathers

Jun 13 2015 6:18PM

I've not had time to check in for a while. So glad you made it safely through Part I. Best wishes for the next leg. Marlene and Bernie

Marlene Vidibor

Jun 13 2015 6:15PM

It was so nice to see you at the MRS graduation, Joanna! I hope the transition back to the trail is a smooth one. Safe travels tomorrow. I look forward to reading your next entry.
-Meg

Meg Artist

Jun 13 2015 6:04PM

Hi Joanna, My brother took us through Luray Caverns last year on our trip back from the storytelling festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee--agree they are magnificent!

Aimee Johnson

Jun 002 2015 6:50PM

Hi Joanna, I've been with the Red Foxes this week while Jon enjoys the Maui Sufi camp... Read them your response to their letters--they loved hearing from you and many vowed they wanted to make the hike someday. They wanted to know when you would be finished the trail...
Sorry I will miss you (and Acknowledgements Day and Pastoral Pastimes!) as Don and I leave for Bali on the 8th with our Tara Dhatu group. Looking forward to that of course but sorry to miss these at MRS. It's been fun to be there this week!
Happy hiking & lots of love

Aimee Johnson

May 28 2015 2:09PM

Hey Joanna!

Any idea approximately when you'll be coming through Boiling Springs? I haven't forgotten my Kripalu sister. I'll be in Indianapolis with my elderly parents June 1-12. If I'm away, I can still let you use my house and will let you know how to get in. What kind of beer/food shall I leave for you if I'm not around? :-) Hope to see you, though. Many blessings, Carol

Carol Parr

May 23 2015 3:58PM

The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for.
~ Louis L'Amour
Happy Trails to you!

Aimee Johnson

May 19 2015 10:11AM

Congratulations to both you and Thea!

Aimee Johnson

May 19 2015 09:32AM

Hi Joanna!
Just wanted you to know there's a nice mention of you and your hike in the Times Union! Not a day goes by that I don't thank our lucky stars that you're part of the Mountain Road family!
http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Your-Best-Shot-6262107.php#photo-7975959

anne undeland

May 14 2015 12:56AM

Just in awe of your fortitude! And feeling so proud of both you and Thea--give her my love and congratulations at her graduation!

Aimee Johnson

May 009 2015 9:32PM

Joanna, it is so good to get your posts and know you are making such good progress and are with good friends. Glad you and your feet have forged a truce. You can't do it without them. Best wishes for more great hiking. We have good news too. If you remember Bernie had a lot of trouble walking. He finally had bypass surgery on his right leg and can walk better than in years. He is almost fully healed and already enjoying his new found freedom. Don't think we'll doing the AT any time soon but I'll be glad if he can do High Falls. Love to you.

Marlene Vidibor

May 003 2015 11:03PM

Thanks for your update, Joanna, I look forward to them. Today in our hallway, Daisy (unprompted by anybody) pointed out your location on the map to her classmates as they waited in line to go outside. She was so happy and proud to share your progress. And I am so happy and proud to know you! May your trails be smooth and your blisters too!

anne undeland

Apr 24 2015 08:33AM

Joanna,
I look forward to your entries. In awe each time I read of your experiences. Thinking of you each day and sending strong energy to your feet. Be well!

elizabeth young

Apr 23 2015 5:51PM

Joanna,
Loved reading your entrees, now that you helped me access the journal. Wonderful stuff! You (and your blessed feet) are my Hero!

Cindy Parrish

Apr 20 2015 1:22PM

Dear one- first of all, the kids want to know what slack pack means? And second of all, we love you! Hugs and lots of warm thoughts.

Betsy Feathers

Apr 20 2015 09:18AM

Thinking of you -- you make soggy weather downright uplifting. Stay dry and happy!

anne undeland

Apr 20 2015 07:49AM

Hey Joanna, You're a winner and a oner. Best hiking ever. Wish I could do it.

Marlene Vidibor

Apr 19 2015 11:08PM

Sending love and hugs and happy foot vibes!

Julie Cerny

Apr 13 2015 08:00AM

J, so glad you made it so far and are getting a rest.

Just sent you an email before I read this entry. Was concerned about your feet and so sorry that are not in good shape.

For some reason the link in your email doesn't work on my kindle fire so when I get an email I google you. Am going to bookmark this and see if that will work. Take care of those feet. Maybe you need spare boots. I know that's extra weight but might be worth it.

Best wishes for successful continuation.

Marlene and Bernie Vidibor

Marlene Vidibor

Apr 12 2015 4:03PM

Joanna- I think it's really amazing that you are doing this for the SECOND TIME! And raising money for the school. We've been following your trail on a map at school. When we come back from vacation I bet the line will be a lot longer! HAVE FUN! Love Evelyn

Evelyn Feathers

Apr 003 2015 10:36AM

Hi Joanna:
The Chickadees (led by Daisy) were assembled around the Appalaccian Trail map we have on our wall, looking at where you started, how far you've gone in two days, and how impressively long your journey will be. It was so adorable and so sweet. We are definitely thinking of you! ~~Anne

anne undeland

Mar 24 2015 10:56AM

So glad to hear you are safe and warm and with good friends this evening! We are thinking of you every minute and sending love and encouragement all the way. Can you believe all the generous angels who are sponsoring your long walk?? We have just gotten our big wall map of the AT at school and will be following your progress and reading your journal entries as a community. You are vest beloved. Stay safe!

Betsy Feathers

Mar 21 2015 7:23PM

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