Day 10: Cheesecake Time!

March 12, 2021 Mile: 0.0 Our room was so dry last night; even dryer than the desert, I think. At least dryer than the inside of my tent at night. My sinuses have been very plugged up on this hike and I’ve had to breathe through my mouth at night (gross). My mouth gets dry, sure, butContinue reading “Day 10: Cheesecake Time!”

Day 3: “Pasta Alfredo!”

March 5, 2021 Mile: 25.7 Yesterday, because we hadn’t exactly hiked a full day or anything and I wasn’t especially hungry, I just made normal coffee before we hiked out. But today I added the protein mix I brought with me and YUCK! I’m gonna have to change it up or something because I cannotContinue reading “Day 3: “Pasta Alfredo!””

Day 2: First Day on Trail – WOOT!

March 4, 2021 Mile: 13.2 Alright, fam. It’s real now. The out and back to the monument was fun and all but getting started north on the AZT this morning was seriously exciting for me. Once again, I was feeling so many things and was so wrapped up in it all that I took almostContinue reading “Day 2: First Day on Trail – WOOT!”

Day 111: The Decision to Go Home

August 21, 2018 Lyman Lake to Holden Village, then on to Leavenworth. I didn’t sleep well last night. Both of my legs were spasming and in severe pain all night long, waking me often as I fought for a comfortable position. 4:30am couldn’t come fast enough, and when my alarm went off I gladly deflatedContinue reading “Day 111: The Decision to Go Home”

Day 110: Hiking to Lyman Lake

August 20, 2018 2529.3-2553.1 to Cloudy Pass Trail Junction, then 2 miles to Lyman Lake This is the second day I’ve woken up to find a little mouse turd on my stuff. Yesterday it was on my shoe, today it was on the snack pouch of my pack. It’s as if they’re saying “piss off,Continue reading “Day 110: Hiking to Lyman Lake”

Day 109: Milk Creek

August 19, 2018 2510.6-2529.3 I woke up feeling afraid and anxious. I was sure when I opened my tent fly, I’d either find a bear waiting for me in the trees or discover that my food bag had been devoured in the night. The river nearby was so loud I didn’t hear a thing allContinue reading “Day 109: Milk Creek”

Day 108: The Start of the Smoke

August 18, 2018 2494.0-2510.6 Last night the wind picked up and came gusting through my campsite all night long, sending a fine layer of dust and sand under my rainfly and into my tent, coating everything. Oh well. I shook my things out as well as I could and prepared to hike.   There’s moreContinue reading “Day 108: The Start of the Smoke”

Day 107: A 20-Mile Day!

August 17, 2018 2473.8-2494.0 I wasn’t expecting Washington to have so many steep climbs, but I powered over them as best I could. There’s a lot of overgrowth and greenery, making it a little nerve-wracking to hike up steep switchbacks when you can’t quite see where you’re putting your foot down. It’s taking me foreverContinue reading “Day 107: A 20-Mile Day!”

Day 106: Back on the PCT!

August 16, 2018 2464.7-2473.8 Got back on the PCT today. I’m not even sure how much the day count matters now. Last night I lay awake having a mild panic attack. Should I be doing this? Is it worth all the hassle of getting back on the trail if I’m just gonna end up getting offContinue reading “Day 106: Back on the PCT!”

Day 105: Taking a Medical Leave

July 4, 2018 0.00 Happy 4th of July! I had breakfast with my trail family and then watched them ride off in a strangers’ car toward the trailhead. Then I packed my stuff and headed for the Amtrak station. Just sitting is so hard. My body and brain want to get up and move, toContinue reading “Day 105: Taking a Medical Leave”