Barb Abney

Hi - I'm Barb, older than I look :-), and have had Type 1 diabetes since I was 25. I have dealt with that primarily by running, swimming and hiking as often as possible in hot Orlando. As I recently celebrated 20 years of working in communications and marketing at a large research university I began to wonder what it would feel like to write less about science and more about day-to-day life. Kind of like what journalists used to do. So contingent on approval from various docs, I plan to begin a thru-hike of the AT at the end of March while my husband Dennis tends to our two greyhounds and keeps track of me via GPS. I hope to meet some if not all of you along with way and hear your stories as well.

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Orlando Gets a Trail Name, and Gets Lost

Orlando Gets a Trail Name, and Gets Lost

Let's get this out of the way right up front. On my second day hiking the Appalachian Trail I got lost. That's right - even before arriving at

Apr 3, 2018 : Barb Abney
Hello Time, My Old Friend

Hello Time, My Old Friend

Two days PWL (post-work life) and the biggest difference I've noticed (besides the loss of the elephant on my back) is the presence of time.  It's

Mar 10, 2018 : Barb Abney
Defying Disabilities

Defying Disabilities

Will this generation of thru-hikers understand a “Cat’s in the Cradle” moment? Because I had one today and I suspect, if this pilgrimage goes as

Feb 28, 2018 : Barb Abney
Hiking, Dancing, And Sunglasses – A Memorial To Joe

Hiking, Dancing, And Sunglasses – A Memorial To Joe

Last weekend I went to the funeral service for my friend Joe. I met Joe and his greyhound, Flyer, at a local lake more than 15 years ago when I

Jan 21, 2018 : Barb Abney
An AT Pilgrimage – Not as Easy as it Used to Be, Or is it?

An AT Pilgrimage – Not as Easy as it Used to Be, Or is it?

“Pilgrimage.”  Imagine my surprise when I attended my first church service of 2018 and found that the theme of the year tracks precisely with the tug

Jan 8, 2018 : Barb Abney