My name is Taran (Barley), I’m a hiker at heart and will never stop till I can no longer physically hike! I’ve been hiking most of my life, but really recently got into backpacking when I started college at ETSU. Being next to the Appalachian mountains really expanded my knowledge on hiking and the idea of thru-hiking. Seeing the best in things is my way of life, having an optimistic lifestyle keeps me happy! Why do I hike, mainly because every trip still to this day is always different, the trail gives you so much and in the end its always a new lesson learned. My first Thru hike is going to be the Long Trail in Vermont 2017. Instagram- taran_drake & Snapchat- taran_branscum