Hiking Back Home

This week definitely came with some rough patches and a little bad luck. Shortly after Damascus I realized that my feet had swollen so much that they outgrew my shoes, so I had to cut slits in the sides of them so my feet would have more room. It helped some, but I've still been... Continue Reading →

Rain, Terrain, and Transness

This week I went from Hot Springs, NC to Roan Mountain, TN with a stop in Erwin, TN, which added up to around 120 miles. The terrain was a little tougher than last week, with lots of climbing and extremely rocky sections. There were a few places I had to throw my trekking poles ahead... Continue Reading →

Solitude, Community, and Trail Legs

This week brought lots of sunny days and some intense hiking. After the snowstorm last Saturday we hiked down into the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where it was about 70 degrees. We spent most of our Easter Sunday drinking beer and lounging by the river, giving thanks for the warmth. In the few days after that... Continue Reading →

Week One

So far I've hiked for about five days and around 60 miles. I've climbed a couple of mountains, including one in the middle of a thunderstorm, had to run behind a tree to put my Diva Cup in, and gotten the privilege of hiking through countless clouds. Today was my sixth day out here and... Continue Reading →

Why the Hell am I doing this?

I grew up in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, on a small ridge in an old hunting cabin that my parents had built into a home just big enough for the four of us. My childhood was spent running around all around the woods and at old time music parties and festivals. I... Continue Reading →

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