Meet Appalachian Trail hiker, Tullwun May 20, 2016
Two days ago, we were honored to host AT hiker Terry Varner from Marietta, Ohio. Having begun his quest on March 9, 2016 in Springer Mountain, GA, Tullwun (his trail name) has endured challenging weather conditions, injury and unfamiliar loneliness. He credits his endurance to the support and encouragement of his wife, Brenda, who back at home is his “rock”. He says without knowing that she is always behind him he might not have continued . The counter balances to these challenges are the rewards of meeting and sharing experiences with other hikers in places he never would have seen. He feels that the self knowledge and deep respect for oneself has to be earned and these can never be taken away. He says it is the most difficult thing he has ever undertaken, both physically and mentally.
We had the opportunity to meet Brenda and Terry when he stepped off the trail for two days. Re-connecting with Brenda to celebrate both their birthdays, he was thrilled to sleep in a king size bed, eat gourmet breakfast and otherwise relax in total comfort, out of the rain. We learned he was a retired chemical plant supervisor who mentored young engineers. Taking some of his own advice, he states that getting away from technology helps one to focus on what is really important in life. The embrace we witnessed when Brenda arrived at the inn, said it all.