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The "Jester" Section Hiker is the premier podcast with the spotlight on section hikers!

The stories you will hear are about everyday people who, in addition to their everyday lives, make the commitment to hike long-distance trails where every section is a new beginning. 

From National Scenic Trails to National Parks and all Trails in between, listen with your host, Julie “Jester” Gayheart, to hear what it means to be a section hiker and the adventure that awaits them section by section. 

May 27, 2023

Jester welcomes to the podcast this week Chica and Sunsets who own and operate Chica and Sunsets Hostel. 

In 2013, Greg and Jen left the corporate world where work more, make more, spend more was the mantra, and moved to Costa Rica. They became experts on the country and each wrote Amazon best selling books on the subject of chucking it all and moving abroad. You can find Jen’s Amazon Author Page here and Greg’s Amazon Author Page here. Jen also has a successful jewelry business, which was established in Costa Rica (and since has incorporated hiking jewelry!).

After 4 years of enjoying Costa Rica and a new fondness for hiking in the mountains of the Central Valley where they lived, the couple decided it was time for a new adventure. What could be better than spending 6 months living in the woods and hiking the entire Appalachian Trail?

Starting on Springer Mountain, Georgia on March 22, 2017 and ending on Mount Katahdin, Maine on September 16, 2017 their thru-hike was THE adventure of a lifetime! Along the way they became known by their trail names Chica and Sunsets, and documented their journey daily on their YouTube channel Chica and Sunsets.

Since the AT, the couple has thru-hiked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain (2018), the Bartram Trail (2020), the Colorado Trail (2020) and the Ice Age Trail (2021), all documented on YouTube.

They own and operate “Chica & Sunsets Hostel” for hikers in Franklin, NC, established in 2020 – click here for more info.

The couple’s philosophy is to work to live, not the other way around, and they continue chasing adventure – not the dollar.

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