Zachary resident Joshua Brumley developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Being an Eagle Scout, he has hiked hundreds of miles across the United States, including various sections of the Appalachian Trail.
From the first time he heard about the Appalachian Trail, he knew that attempting a "thru-hike" was something he wanted to do. A "thru-hike" is hiking the entire trail from Georgia to Maine in a single season.
The Appalachian Trail stretches more than 2,000 miles along the U.S. East Coast, running from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin in Piscataquis County, Maine. It is one of the longest marked trails in the country. The trail cuts through 14 states, including New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, and is said to take 5 million steps and five to seven months to complete.
"I graduated from LSU a couple of years ago and recently made the decision to relocate to Nashville," he said in a news release. "While other people are having to take time off from school and quit jobs to hike the AT, everything just lined up perfectly to enable me to fulfill my dream."
Brumley will begin his journey March 12 from Georgia. You can follow his progress on Instagram at @brumstheword. He is the son of Kathi Brumley, who serves as Zachary Mayor David Amrhein's secretary.