Hiking, Trail Magic, The Appalachian Trail
Emma Rowena Gatewood was an extreme hiker, and lived by the philosophy of "packing light". She was the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail solo, from Georgia to Maine, with only her shoes, an army blanket, and a shower curtain in a denim bag. The packing light aspect may come as a surprise, considering she's known as "Grandma Gatewood". Gatewood became a bit of a celebrity, garnering interest from news outlets across the country. Grandma Gatewood hiked the Appalachian Trail multiple times, then the Oregon Trail, and eventually set foot in all 48 continental states. At the time of her death in 1973, she had 24 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.