Audrey Payne

Hi, everyone! My name is Audrey and I'm attempting a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail this year. You could call it the "seven year itch" - after almost seven years working a desk job in our nation's capital, I'm ready to blow this popsicle stand in favor of reconnection with nature and a great adventure. When I'm not hiking (or working, of course), I can usually be found at the climbing gym, a music festival, daydreaming about my next big trip, or wandering about with a large cup of coffee (caffeine addict right here). Future ambitions include finally adopting a dog. :)

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There’s Magic on the Trail in New Jersey

There’s Magic on the Trail in New Jersey

New Jersey has been such a pleasant surprise. After the trials of Pennsylvania, which included a heat wave (where I may or may not have gotten heat

Jul 9, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Virginia: Another State Down and More to Love

Virginia: Another State Down and More to Love

Virginia is a lovely state. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. And come to think of it, don't let anyone tell you it's flat, either. I'm writing

Jul 2, 2018 : Audrey Payne
The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland

The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland

The evening before we would enter Grayson Highlands State Park, we had to scramble to make it to a shelter as a big lightning storm rolled in. We had

May 24, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Straddling the Border: The Highlights Reel

Straddling the Border: The Highlights Reel

The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind and a delight. I can't believe it has been this long since I've written. But rest assured, I'm

May 7, 2018 : Audrey Payne
The Splendor of the Smokies

The Splendor of the Smokies

There is a rumor mill on trail the likes of which I haven't seen since high school. Seriously, word gets around the trail, and it gets around fast.

Apr 14, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Magic in the Daily Routine of a Thru-Hiker

Magic in the Daily Routine of a Thru-Hiker

A few people have asked me to post about what a typical day on the Appalachian Trail is like. And so, your wish is my command. A typical day on

Apr 8, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Thanks for the Lessons, Georgia

Thanks for the Lessons, Georgia

As I crossed the Georgia border into North Carolina, I smiled and let out a little whoop of excitement. I'd done it - made it through my first state

Apr 1, 2018 : Audrey Payne
The Joy and Rhythms of the Trail Get into Your Blood

The Joy and Rhythms of the Trail Get into Your Blood

The other night, I dreamed of a space heater. Yes, a space heater. That was the one thing, in all the world, that I wanted more than anything. I was

Mar 23, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Compiling the Soundtrack to My Journey

Compiling the Soundtrack to My Journey

Sitting on the plane, about to embark on what I hope will be the greatest adventure of my life so far, my feet won't stop tapping. Tap, tap, tap. I'm

Mar 19, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Ready, Set, (Almost Time to) Go!

Ready, Set, (Almost Time to) Go!

Whatever happened to the calm before the storm? You would be surprised just how much preparation goes into a thru-hike. It seems simple, right?

Mar 13, 2018 : Audrey Payne