Many people like to dream about going on adventures, but most of them fail to realize their dreams.

Many people like to dream about going on adventures, but most of them fail to realize their dreams. Lukus Ilaug, a former graduate of Montevideo High School, is currently on such an adventure: he is hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.

Ilaug graduated from MHS in 2012.  “I started college but I didn’t finish, things happen, life happens, so I worked odd jobs for awhile,” he said.

He joined the army and left for basic training in May of 2015, where he was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX for three years and served as an EMT.

“It was a lot of fun, terrible times but a lot of fun,” said Ilaug. “The army teaches you how to be durable, how to be a good person, with integrity, and how to be a good leader.”

According to Ilaug, it helped him to appreciate his time more as well.

“It helped me to know the value of quality time with quality people, and how to make the most of my free time and my family,” said Ilaug. “The army doesn’t care what you want, they make every day as they see fit.”

Ilaug learned about the trail when he was in high school.

“I’m a naturally outdoorsy person, and it felt very me,” he said.

Ilaug has traveled over 400 miles since he began his journey from Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia last March. Springer Mountain is the official starting point of the Appalachian Trail, whereas another point of origin is Amicalola Falls, which is considered to be an 8.5-mile first test approach trail for long-distance hikers setting out on their journey.

The Appalachian trail is over 2,000 miles long.

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