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Along the Appalachian Trail

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Ruston native shares his story of survival, adventure
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Submitted photos Left: Silas Schroeder and sister, Hannah, pause to take a selfie during their hike together. Middle: Silas was joined by his dad, Richard Schroeder, and brother and sister-in-law Jake and Marie Schroeder, for some of his journey. Right: Silas stops to enjoy a cigar after summiting the last mountain of his Appalachian Trail journey.

The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, ranging from Georgia to Maine. It covers 14 states and is 2,190 miles long. Experienced hikers take years to plan their trip along the trail, but for one Ruston native, it only took three months before he set foot on the trail.

Silas Schroeder is a Bossier Parish Community College student studying communications. Earlier this year, he decided to take a break from school and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

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