Appalachian Trail


A return to Long Distance Hiking/Backpacking

A return to Long Distance Hiking/Backpacking

My section hike of the Vermont Long Trail was nothing like our thru-hike. It was exactly what I needed to remember why I fell in love with backpacking to begin with.

After the Appalachian Trail will I ever do long distance backpacking again?

After the Appalachian Trail will I ever do long distance backpacking again?

In the four years since we finished the AT I've done two short backpacking trips. Those were great experiences but I wasn't convinced after either of them that any longer distances were in my future.

Falling Apart

Falling Apart

I had been onboard with this diet for many years and we had influenced dietary changes in our extended families. We had raised kids who ate vegetables! But I was starting to ask questions and have doubts.

High Summer ~ Family, Travel & Outdoors

High Summer ~ Family, Travel & Outdoors

Making new friends and sharing hospitality; music, dancing, and singing; celebrating and participating in creativity; the beauty of the countryside always reminds me that the world is a wonderful place to be.

Wholehearted writing (and depression on the Appalachian Trail)

Wholehearted writing (and depression on the Appalachian Trail)

We go through experiences that wear us down to our core, and break our shell. And these experiences, like my long distance hike, will show us what's operating below the surface of our lives. And it won't be your goodness that will help light the path through this wreckage, it will be your courage.

Appalachian Trail & Adventure Journaling at Outsideways

Appalachian Trail & Adventure Journaling at Outsideways

While we were hiking I kept a trail journal. I wrote it in almost every day. I recorded our mileage, where we camped and notable points along the trail. I wrote about the people we met. I wrote my thoughts, feelings and frustrations. I wrote the good stuff and the bad stuff. In short form, I wrote about my brutiful experience on the Appalachian Trail. I'm now publishing that journal and my favorite photos of our hike at Outsideways.

Trail Journal from Brown Gap, TN

Trail Journal from Brown Gap, TN

Each day on the trail brought new experiences and challenges but this particular day was stellar, so it's a fun one to share.