It is time for another amazing traveling family, to be more specific, a hiking family. The Seymour family is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in the United States. I.M.P.R.E.S.S.I.V.E! And might I add, they are our first thru-hiking family.
It is something that very few people can do, and we are out here doing it. Being outside and sleeping outside is very natural and freeing.
I don’t always get to share travel stories about families I have actually met in person, but today I do and I love it. I first met Costa Rica Chica (aka) when we moved to Costa Rica. I was constantly asking questions on all the local FB groups and she was always willing to assist me, especially with my food questions. She knows a thing or two about cooking and her book will prove it. And then there is her other book about her transition to freedom. And I am guessing there will be a third book about the AT trail hike! Plus, her hubby Greg writes as well, check him out here.
Jen and I did not live close to each other in CR, but we did plan a meet up one day to share a meal and swap stories. She is as lovely in person as she is in their AT Trail videos on YouTube. I know you guys are going to just love her and Greg. I am happy that they agreed to be part of IATW while they are still on the trail!
Ok, enough of my chatting, grab your coffee and get comfortable. It’s time to be inspired by this hiking family.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Introduce us to the people you live with?
It is just me and my husband, Greg (trail name “Sunsets”). My name is Jen (trail name “Chica”).
Where are you in the world and what are you living in?
We are currently thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (“AT”). The AT is 2,189.8 miles long and runs through 14 states, starting in Georgia and ending in Maine. We live out of our tent, which we carry in our backpacks. In fact we carry everything we need in our packs (mine weighs 27 pounds with 4 days of food and 1 liter of water, and Greg’s weighs 26). We hike all day and then tent out at night. Once or twice a week we will go into a trail town to resupply our food, and sometimes also get a shower and do laundry. Sometimes on these days we will hike shorter miles in order to catch a little rest. Our typical hiking day right now is around 17-20 miles/day. We started in Georgia March 22nd and hope to reach the northern terminus in Katahdin, Maine by mid to late September.
Why did you choose to live in your current arrangement?
We’ve been dreaming about doing this hiking adventure for sometime now and now we are actually doing it! We love it and are having the time of our lives. Although each day has its challenges and it is hard work hiking every day, we thrive in the adventure of it all.
What do you do to personalize your unique (less traditional) living situation?
Nothing. Right now simple and light weight is best, so we don’t have anything that we don’t need at this point. We do both have blow up pillows that we really like and help us sleep better.
Tell us your favorite and least favorite room in your space and why?
Our space is only a 3 person tent, so there’s no favorite or least favorite. I AM happy we got the 3 person tent for just the two of us, as it gives us some breathing room and also allows us to put our packs in our tent at the bottom of our feet (it’s good to prop our feet up on after a long day of hiking). Our tent also has two vestibules so we can both enter/exit from our own side (instead of crawling over each other).
What do you miss most about permanent, stationary, traditional living?
A bed! A shower! Readily accessible food.
What is your best resource to find items you need for your place?
REI, goodwill, outfitters, camp stores, hiker boxes (most places we go to in trail towns like a Hostel will have hiker boxes, hikers can discard items they don’t want or take items that they do want for no cost).
If you could only have one of the following in your home which one would it be and why?
space, natural light, dishwasher or above average internet.
Internet! Cell coverage is not always available on the AT, so it is hard to always update our trek. When we are in town I need good wifi to upload our videos, and sometimes that is a problem too.
How do you decorate for the holidays in your unique (less traditional) home or do you skip it all together?
We’ve both had a birthday out here, and it’s hard. We’ve waited till we are in trail towns to enjoy a nice dinner and drink together.
What is your favorite part about this lifestyle choice?
It is something that very few people can do, and we are out here doing it. Being outside and sleeping outside is very natural and freeing. I haven’t worn any makeup or done my hair since we started. The other hikers are amazing and we’ve met and made some good friends already. We’ve both lost weight (impossible not too when we hike all day) – Greg has lost about 40, and me, 25.
Many traveling families subscribe to the “house is not a home” theory. What is home to you?
Being with Greg.
What makes you love the place you live?
Again, just being with Greg.
Can home be a person, or an idea?
Definitely. Greg and I have had many different homes, some temporary, other more permanent. But to both of us – if we are with each other – we are happy and that’s all we need. Even on hard days out here on the trail, we are content just to be together.
Words of wisdom to anyone considering venturing out into the world of unique, less traditional homes?
Do it! We love trying new things and being different. Being unique and living in a unique way is the best way to be yourself!
What is next for you?
After our hikes ends, we will write books about our journey (one together, and then we’ll both write a book on our own). After that – not quite sure yet, we may move somewhere closer to the AT and do something with hiking. We also would like to do the Camino de Santiago in Spain (a 500 mile pilgrimage walk).
How do you make a living?
We had some money saved up for this adventure, and we also make a little bit of money on our books we’ve written about Costa Rica (all on Amazon under Jen Beck Seymour and Greg Seymour).
Quote to Ponder
Do it! We love trying new things and being different.
I could go on and on about these two. I have very little time these days to read blogs or watch vlogs, but at least once a week I binge on their YouTube videos about their AT adventure. They tell it how it is and I just love that. They talk about food, pains, lodging and much more. If you are thinking of hiking the AT you must check them out. Can I let you in on a little secret? Our family is planning on doing the AT trail thru-hike at some point. Sunsets and Chica are our inspiration.
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