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APR. 28, 2013

The Outdoor Academy Hits the Appalachian Trail for Their Own Trek

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By Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director

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The Appalachian Trail is the center of a lot of activity for Eagle’s Nest.  Just over a week ago our Outdoor Academy students returned from a nine day adventure on the AT.  This summer Hante Adventures will be doing two segments of the trail, one in North Carolina and one in Virginia.  Both are covering miles that have been trekked by Eagle’s Nesters for decades.  I love to think about the number of steps all of our campers and students have taken over the years on this famous byway up the Appalachian Mountain chain.

Life on the trail is one of the most amazing experiences one can have.  As a camper I actually went on 3 different Hante AT Treks I loved it so much.  One small group of travelers making their way each day with all they need on their backs.  It is a life of simplicity, slowing down and having the time and space for wonderful conversations, meeting and overcoming challenges, and bonding with your friends like you can nowhere else.  Each season brings its own challenges on the trail but also its own rewards.

Check out these wonderful OA students this April making their way along the trail.  You can see lots more pictures on the OA Flickr page. Many of these students have been to camp as well – you might recognize them.  If you are teetering on whether or not this kind of adventure is for you – just jump in.  All you need to do is put one foot in front of the other!