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Jessica “Dixie” Mills discusses Emma “Grandma” Gatewood during her presentation at the Bossard Library. Mills cites Gatewood as a trailblazer in the hiking community and a source of inspiration.

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Adventurer and YouTube sensation Jessica “Dixie” Mills answers questions from members of the public following her recent presentation at the Bossard Library. Mills also met and had her photo taken with many fans after the event.

Bossard Library | Courtesy

GALLIPOLIS – Outdoor enthusiasts from nine different states came to the Bossard Library recently for a presentation with YouTube sensation and long-distance hiker Jessica “Dixie” Mills.

Large audiences filled the Riverside Library Room as Mills spoke about life on the trail, how she was introduced to long-distance hiking or “through hiking,” as well as life lessons. learned during a hike.

Mills, who completed the ‘Triple Crown’ hike in 2018 after successfully hiking the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail, is the host of the popular Homemade Wanderlust YouTube channel. The channel has more than 383,000 subscribers where Mills posts weekly videos documenting his various hikes, as well as hiking tips and equipment reviews for fellow adventurers.

In addition to discussing her own experiences of hiking the Appalachian Trail, Mills also expressed her appreciation and admiration for Emma “Grandma” Gatewood from County Gallia, well known as the first solo hiker on the Trail. Appalachians for first taking the trail. in the 1950s. Mills spoke of Gatewood as a pioneer in long-distance hiking, as well as her own recent treks along the Grandma Gatewood Trail and Buckeye Trail in Hocking Hills. During this hike, documented in a YouTube video posted in September, Mills only used gear that Gatewood would have used on his hikes along the Appalachian Trail.

According to Bossard Library Director Debbie Saunders, the library had to ask attendees to pre-register for the event due to the interest in the program. Members of the public came from states as far away as Arkansas, Wisconsin and South Carolina.

For more information on Jessica “Dixie” Mills, check out her videos on the Homemade Wanderlust YouTube channel. For more information on Grandma Gatewood, stop by the Bossard Library to borrow a copy of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail” by Ben Montgomery or to view the Grandma Gatewood scrapbook.

For more information on Bossard Library, including information on upcoming programs, visit bossardlibrary.org.

This piece is submitted by the staff of the Bossard Library.

Jessica “Dixie” Mills discusses Emma “Grandma” Gatewood during her presentation at the Bossard Library. Mills cites Gatewood as a trailblazer in the hiking community and a source of inspiration.

Adventurer and YouTube sensation Jessica “Dixie” Mills answers questions from members of the public following her recent presentation at the Bossard Library. Mills also met and had her photo taken with many fans after the event.

Hiker Jessica “Dixie” Mills in attendance at Bossard Library




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