Hello everyone! My name is Alex Dent and I will be representing the intelligent, handsome, quick-witted, amiable, and humble half of this hiking duo. If I pass you on the trail and you see us, I will be the taller of the two! On the trail, I will be simply known as Windy (or Wendy, I haven’t decided which form I prefer just yet. I suppose if I can’t pick my trail name I can at least choose how to spell it!) Together with my hiking buddy Kent Criddle (Breezy/Breesy, he is also having naming issues,) we make up Gone with the Wind! If you didn’t already know (if you are here without knowing what we are doing you must have taken a wrong turn in the interwebz,) we are attempting an Appalachian thru hike in 2013. We will be departing from Springer on March 16th 2013 barring any horrid weather and we will trudge north in hopes that we can stand on Katahdin one day!
Before I get into the hike, I will give you a whirlwind introduction to me: As I said before, my name is Alex Dent and I am a 22 year old IT graduate from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. I was born in Cartersville, GA which is about 45 minutes north of Atlanta on Interstate 75 and didn’t leave until I went to college. I loved my college time and met my fiancee and soon to be wife there! Her name is Jessica Cain and she also graduated with Kent and I from GSU. I will probably be talking about her frequently throughout the blog so if you see Jess/Jessica/Pooky, they are all the one entity that makes up my significant other.
So now the big question, why on earth are you doing this to yourselves? Great question! It is one that I find myself asking every single day as the date gets closer. For me, it is about having something to be proud of before moving on to the "real world." I talk to people every day that, when I tell them of my plans, they tell me to go and do it while I am young! I have no mortgage, no kids, and nothing stopping me from doing something that I will remember for the rest of my life. After all, if you had it to do over again don't you wish you had done something big and incredible before tying yourself down with responsibility?
Alex A.K.A. Wendy