About a week into my thru-hike, we were sharing stories around a fire when I brought up one that involved my boyfriend. The guy next to me seemed shocked; I figured that my unshaved legs and matted hair led him to the disbelief that I actually had a man interested in me, but no, he … Continue reading So, Your Loved One Wants to Take a Hike
It’s almost been two months since I got home from my hike. I never wrote that “final blog” about what it felt like to summit Katahdin, or to wrap up the myriad of experiences that began back in Georgia last April. I don’t know why I never wrote it. The days passed in a blur … Continue reading When You Give a Kid a Thru-Hike
I understand that this letter is long overdue. I thought that giving you three weeks of space and time away would help with the healing, but now I see that you’re still hurting, still protesting the rest of this journey we are on together. You used to be so optimistic back in the beginning, even … Continue reading To My Body, An Apology
Climbing out of the car, I had a distant yet familiar feeling wash over me. As Brady encouraged, ‘go make friends, don’t be shy!’ I was brought back to a time of first days at school and summer camps. A bundle of hikers sat lounging in the sun, but I didn’t recognize a single face; … Continue reading Social Butterfly Returned to Cocoon
My first week on the trail, I met a hiker sketching the surrounding scene in a shelter. She was peering off into the gray rain, sitting quietly to herself, and maintained this composed coolness that I’ve always admired in others (I’m more like an excited puppy in my demeanor). In an attempt to make conversation, … Continue reading Don’t Worry, I’m Alive!
It's 92 degrees out. You've hiked 14 miles already, up and down mountains and hopping rock to rock like a childhood game of 'don't touch the lava.' You're sweaty, hungry, water is running low and morale even lower. All of a sudden, you come to a gap, and there's a cooler waiting for you, filled … Continue reading Beyond the Burgers and Gatorade
I’ll give a little background here. I’m a shelter girl, even when it’s not raining. A fair weather fan, if you will. For 90% of thru-hikers, the shelters on the trail are more of a worst-case-scenario than a luxury. But for me, I’ll typically opt to hang my hat in a wooden structure instead of … Continue reading Not All Mother Teresas