Written by: Katherine "Ringleader" Imp
"You know there have already been documentaries made about the Appalachian Trail."
"You carry that camera in your pack? It looks really heavy."
"You didn't go to film school and you're making a film?"
No matter where you are -- on the Appalachian Trail, in a big city, or in a small town, people are going to question your actions. Why? Who knows. Maybe because they are curious, maybe because they want to help, or maybe they just want something to gossip about. The real question is this:
How far are you willing to go to make your dreams come true?
Last week we did marathons over mountains. Everything hurt. The bugs were out. My body was drained. But during those days I saw more than the dirt beneath my feet. I saw farm land, and rivers, and wild ponies. I received trail magic. I met people that made me laugh. I saw the beauty that America has to offer. Do I stop to film these things, knowing that I still have miles to go, knowing that Emily and Brandon will move farther away from me, knowing that I'll likely have to finish the hike in the dark? How far would you go? Is it worth it?
To me, the answer is yes. Some people may question us. And some days may be harder than others. But I promised you all a film that would entertain, inspire, and show people the beauty of the Appalachian Trail. And thanks to our editor, Jason Furrer, and the rest of the Traveling Circus, Emily and Brandon, this film is well on its way to fulfilling that promise.
The documentary is not just about the Appalachian Trail. It's about our experience on the trail -- the highs, the lows, the laughs, the sorrows. Most importantly, it is about the unique social community that the trail has to offer. Starting next week, Jason will be posting video clips on the blog. We hope these clips will add to your enjoyment of the blog as we continue our journey on the Appalachian Trail.