This was the first overnight trip on the Appalachian Trail my wife and I took. It was an experience we will never forget. The temperatures in the teens, sleeping in a tent on a hill, having the water filter break, and the stove not working made a tough trip. Not to mention having packs way too much.
That trip however eventually led to us moving the family to NC from FL and living just one mile from the AT.
So it was a life changing experience.