Appalachian Trail

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     Founder and president of Beyond the Limits: Awaken Your Potential, Jacqui "Dr. J" Lowman, visited MSU this Tuesday to present a lecture discussing how to break free from perceived limitations and disabilities. A paraplegic and advocate for the positive benefits of recreation, Dr. J brought two more BTL crew members to Sounds Good to discuss their own battle against the impossible on the Appalachian Trail. 

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who's already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

World War II veteran Earl Shaffer is believed to be the first American to walk the Appalachian Trail in one season, and his diary details the 124-day south-to-north trek. Back in 1948 Shaffer said he wanted to "walk the Army out of his system." Some newer war veterans have the same idea, and NPR tagged along as they finished the 2,100-mile trek.