This blog is about our quest to become financially independent and retire to Maine.
Wake up! This isn't just another blog about pinching pennies. There are a lot of financial independence blogs out there, many of which are written by people who are much further along the path than we are. We're not as hardcore as Mr. Money Mustache (who we both love), riding bikes everywhere and retiring by 30. And we're definitely not frugal super-geniuses here to preach to you about rinsing your paper towels in pond water to save $0.85 per year or whatever. Sure, we'll talk money since it makes the world go 'round, but what sets this blog apart is that we're not just here to talk about how we will get to Maine financially. We'll discuss how we plan to get there physically. We're going to walk there.
Yup, you read that right. We're going to walk to Maine... from our current home in Virginia... with a slight detour down to Georgia. We're going to join the ranks of the crazy Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers and lug our backpacks approximately 2200 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine before we call it a success.
Since we still have several years before this plan can come to fruition, in the meantime we're going to share the other parts of the journey with you - the hikes we do in preparation, the trips to our eventual landing spot in the Pine Tree State, and of course, how we're saving the money to be able to do all of this. And then when the day finally comes, you'll get to see a thru-hike in action. And for good measure we'll track what it ends up costing us.
So, if you're looking for the next Early Retirement Extreme, you probably want to look elsewhere. If you want to see some people save some cash, get muddy in the woods, and find out if they really can get there from here, this is blog for you.