Can’t you see it? My foot protruding from a bear’s mouth. Trying to write my will whilst be digested. My cell phone ringing in my pocket, from inside said bear. Want to know why I’m having these visions? It’s because a lot of people have commented on the various ways I might die on the Appalachian Trail. So for all those that are curious about the many ways to die on the AT, here’s the list.
Let’s start with snakes. There are a lot of snakes and some of these snakes are attracted to warm bodies. So you could conceivably wake up in the middle of the night and wonder why you suddenly have an extra leg.
How about the many diseases that you can catch? Lyme disease, brucellosis, giardia, hanta viruses and the list goes on.
Then the animals, how about them? Wolves for example. Getting chewed on by a wolf can’t be much fun. What about the usually cute furry ones who go from that to crazy rabid running at you trying to bite your leg off. And of course the most entertaining Bear. Brown, Black, take your pick. Either way it’s going to be a code brown situation.
I guess the most undoubtedly dangerous animal is the human being. The sound of duelling banjos has become my theme tune. Hummed in my ear by anybody who happens to be passing.
None of this matters to me when I remember that there are children who do much harder things every day. For some just staying on the planet today is a miracle. There are others who take care of older or younger siblings, sacrificing a lot of normal childhood experiences.
So when I’m on the Appalachian Trail pissed off by the rain running down my back for the hundredth time, face down in a puddle or trying not to smell attractive to bears. (You always smell attractive to bears.) I will remember that there are reasons why I’m there. Children who deserve to have a better life and I hope that you will help make that possible by donating to Children in Need while I’m walking. Even better, check that comfort zone at the door and come with me. Hey you might get eaten by bears, but at least you won’t be bored.