Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2018 - 48
Husband-and-wife owners Georganna and Logan Seamon stand on
the stairs in front of the Mountain
Couple's Thru-Hike Leads to
Marriage and Remaining Wed to
the Appalachian Trail
For Logan and Georganna Seamon, hiking the Appalachian Trail led to a lifechanging business opportunity.
by Eric J. Wallace * Photos by 5 Petal Productions
After graduating from Appalachian
State University in 2009, Georganna and Logan Seamon sold most
of their possessions and thru-hiked
the Appalachian Trail. It was the era
of the Great Recession and, when
compared to the industrious failures
of so many of their peers, spending
the better part of a year in the woods
seemed more prudent than butting
heads with a jobless economy.
While many thought the move
reckless, in hindsight, the couple
says they couldn't have made a better decision.
"We didn't know it at the time,
but the thru-hike was paving the
way for everything we've done
since," says Georganna. "For us, it
was a doorway into both a career
and a way of life."
On the one hand, there was the
experience-2,190 miles of summits, forests, valleys, campfires, starlit nights and trail magic.
But perhaps more importantly,
setting out northbound from Geor-