Hi Liz (my dad is the only person that calls me this!):
Today we drove to the AT Approach trail and spent some time with a fellow from Fredricksburg, VA who's starting the trail today. He has three children and he and his wife just found out they're expecting a fourth. They now have 3 boys and are hoping for a girl. He left his job recently and his wife told him this is his best shot at doing it. Sort of like a six month business trip out of town.
I weighed my full pack at the visitors center and it was 41 pounds.
March 25th is still looking good for me to head out. Jill & Mom picked up some long maps of the trail for you and all your siblings to track progress. I've scheduled a stop over in Franklin, NC for April 3rd, so that will hopefully be my first major stop and resupply point.
I'll be sending you updates!