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More than half way!

Hello!! As with most of the posts on this site written by bloggers, I’ll start with an apology about MY LACK OF BLOGGING LATELY. I try to catch up on the other blogger’s posts when I am in town and am always grateful to see when a post...Show More Summary

Why Am I So Nervous? I’ve Been Waiting So Long For This Moment!

Okay, now I understand. I’ve read so many blogs written in the final days before hitting the trail. Just about every one expressed anxiety, self doubt, nervousness. I assumed either these folks had never done a big trek before or they were just under prepared. Well,  here I am. Show More Summary

A Day in the Life of a “Thru-hiker”

Before conquering The White Mountains. The photo above represents the exhaustion that thru-hikers experience, which is one reason why I haven’t posted lately. Relaxing by the fire in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness. What is the trail really like? The trail has its ups and downs – physically and metaphorically. Show More Summary

Washington’s Final Act and a Trailversary: PCT Part 4

I cried leaving Washington.  Real, honest to goodness, tears streaming down my face.  I wasn’t ready to leave, but all I could think about was what lay before me.  I felt proud with my accomplishment, but humbled by my sense of tiny-ness...Show More Summary

Mather Pass (& the significance of a trail family)

In my previous blog, I addressed a serious situation and left off with some mixed feelings about the Sierras and how I would continue north. Since I will only have service for a limited time, I am publishing two posts in a row, with this being the second. Show More Summary

Shenandoah National Park: The Musical

Day 72-80: Blackrock Hut to Harper’s Ferry, 141.1 miles Public Enemy #1 Of all of the things in the woods to fear, I never thought a nocturnal songbird would be at the top of my list. Yet here we are. On my first night in the Shenandoah, we were cursed with listening to the Whip Poor Will all night long. Show More Summary

I’m skipping the Sierras (and other things I think at a creek crossing)

Right now I’m camping on the south side of Woods Creek (pictured above) at mile 801 after watching my fiancé and hiking partner, Henri (Rooster) just barely make it across safely. He suggested I wait until morning to cross, as the current will be a bit lower by then. Show More Summary

Katahdin: The Halfway Point for This Flip-Flopper

Good news all around! I survived southern Maine. I survived the 100 Mile Wilderness. I survived Katahdin. I survived Maine. Leaving the tough climbs of southern Maine was a blessed relief! The views from the top of the Bigelows wereShow More Summary


Whew, this one has taken a while for me to sort through. I’ll start by saying that we made it to 13’700 ft, just shy of Rainier’s 14’410 ft summit that I could see from my vantage point behind the lead guide, Win Whittaker. As we ascended an open face with 60 mph winds barreling us to the ground, the rope between me and Win grew taut. Show More Summary

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 7

The seventh part of my journey after returning to the trail for my second attempt at a thru hike. The post The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 7 appeared first on The Trek.

Changing Moods (July 20)

When I hiked to Harpers Ferry, a part of me lamented the passing of time and reaching the “psychological half-way point” already.  I lamented that the trip would some day end.  Well, it’s been a long trip, and I’ve adjusted to the idea of the trip ending!  Haha!  I feel very ready to be where I am now, closer to ending every day. Show More Summary

Salisbury CT (July 12)

I am in Connecticut now!  It feels good to be up North, in states that I have never been to before.  Today I decided to spend a night in town to see more of New England, and to get some much needed rest.   For a very long time I have been looking forward to meeting Maria, an 88 year old woman who lives in Salisbury and still hosts hikers in her home. Show More Summary

A Beautiful Night (July 9)

Have been hiking with a friend for the past few days- Astronomer.  This is a perfect example of how you meet people on the trail that you probably wouldn’t connect with off trail.  Astronomer and I are very different in our views of life and our values, but we are able to connect because of shared struggles and triumphs on the trail. Show More Summary

New York and Hiker Kindness (July 6)

Tough hiking today.  New York is much tougher than I expected.  The trail is constantly climbing up and down small mountains, which is so much more wearing than climbing a single mountain for several miles.  I’ll choose that long gradual ascent over repetitive small climbs any day. Show More Summary

A new kind of beautiful.

The High Sierra are over and now we are surrounded by the Sierra I know: granite, “short”, mountains, covered in trees. Mountains filled with mosquitos and wildflowers and snow. Maybe not filled with snow, but there is still a decent amount. Show More Summary

The Challenges and Benefits of Thru-Hiking with Your Pup

First off, these opinions are all based on my experience the past couple months. I’m sure many other hikers have had different experiences and have different opinions. I ultimately decided to send my dog home but not without a lot of...Show More Summary

Mahoosuc Notch (7/14, 7/15, 7/16)

Day 139, 7/14: Gentian Pond shelter -Full Goose shelter (9.6 miles) I woke up before 6am in my hammock after having a dream that I was alone trying to navigate through Mahoosuc Notch. I twisted my head to look where Rash and Piñata were hammocking nearby, but I couldn’t see their tarps. Show More Summary

Slackpacking the Wildcats (7/11, 7/12, 7/13)

Day 136, 7/11: zero at Pinkham notch We slept in upstairs in the loft of the barn. My bed was exceedingly comfy, and I was happy to have a day off to relax. Signature of the other Snap I went to Subway for lunch and got ice cream at the Cumberland Farm gas station across the street. Show More Summary

Lake of the Clouds and Mt Washington (7/8, 7/9, 7/10)

Day 133, 7/8: zero in North Conway We got up and went to breakfast in the main building. At breakfast, we watched the weather channel tell us about the severe weather warnings today, and I was relieved we weren’t attempting to go up on the ridge line towards Lake of the Clouds. Show More Summary

Trail Honesty, Tough Terrain, and Tough Decisions

I’m writing this post from a cute little hangout in Vermont. I love actually having a keyboard to type with. While I’ve started my latest post several times, I’ve found myself continuously lost for words. I know they are processing through my head, but they haven’t quite made it into coherence until now. Show More Summary

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