HINCKLEY — Kaylin Brown could not fall asleep on her pillow Saturday night. It was the 18-year-old’s first night home after finishing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. For the greater part of the past six months, a pillow was a forgotten luxury.
“I couldn’t do it,” she said, laughing. “I moved it aside.”
Brown, a Winslow resident who graduated from the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences this year, is the third student from the charter school who has completed the 2,192-mile trail connecting Georgia and Maine, according to Grace Hilmer, a teacher at the school and a supporter of Brown’s trek.
The teenager said she was inspired to complete the long-distance trip after hiking Mt. Katahdin, the trail’s northern terminus, with her father three years ago.
“After that first hike, I started researching and it was just something that I fell in love with and wanted to do really badly because I love hiking,” she said.
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