PIQUA — In 2015, Aaron Boyd realized the dream of hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. He will present details of his 2,189-mile trip at the Piqua Public Library on Saturday, April 23. The presentation will be held in the library’s Louis Program Room at 2 p.m.
“I hiked the trail from April, 2015 to October 2015 (six months straight through),” said Boyd, a Dayton area native and former staff member of the Piqua Public Library. “I started at the southern terminus of the trail, Springer Mountain in Georgia, and headed north until I reached the northern terminus, Mt. Katahdin (“Kah-tah-din”), in Maine.”
When asked why he chose to subject himself to such a physically demanding task, Boyd said, “I hiked the trail because it is something I had always dreamed about, and I saw it as a good opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and take on a new challenge. I was met with many unexpected obstacles but had a successful journey and made new friends, coming out of it a bit more wise and well-rounded.”
Boyd will share stories of hiking the trail and lessons learned along the way. He will have his pack, tent and equipment on display.
Boyd, who studied geology at Ohio University, has always enjoyed the outdoors and discovering new places. His philosophy in life is to always move forward with a constructive, optimistic outlook on life, while still being present with the people around him.