If you could do anything, what would it be?

For Shani Arbel ’04, the answer was hike the Appalachian Trail. 

In March, the biology major took a leave from her “awesome job” as a senior environmental specialist at Booz Allen Hamilton for six months of more than 2,000 miles of hiking from Georgia to Maine. In the blog she kept along the way, she described the experience as “beautiful beautiful misery” and chronicled the agonies (cold and snow, waking up in a puddle, exhaustion, monotony, loneliness) and the joys (her trail family, the first sign of spring, Trail Angels, Luna moths, bears, cows, euphoria).

At the 500-miles-to-Katahdin mark, she wrote, “I want to finish. I don’t want this to end.” Read her blog and stay tuned for her next adventure.