well, a week ago I would have confidently said I'd be starting my NOBO trip on Apr 11, 2012 but a recent post of yours has me considering a March start.
so... probably mid-March & I think I'll just be keeping a journal.
& you'll be coming from Washington State for a repeat hike?! I understand my draw to the AT having spent most of my life in Ohio and on the east coast, but what about you? with all the beautiful trails to be found cross country - lots of them much closer to you - why the AT? just curious