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