Head in the Clouds

Friends Make Family

I had to pose with Josh because I thought certain people would enjoy a glimpse at all his tattoos. I had only just met him, but turns out he was to join our little trail family for a few days.

Then some people got jealous that I hadn’t taken more photos with them. I promise I will get more!

 

Way Back in the Shennies

I met No Rush one night when a bunch of hikers were crowded into a shelter as it started down pouring. A friend and I had made it before the storm, she was not so lucky. We didn’t really talk much that night, but ever since we’ve been hiking pretty much the same pace together and have become hiking pals. I really enjoyed the organic sense of friendship we developed without the notion that we need to plan and stick together like a lot of tramilies (trail + families) do. Some nights we end up in different places, but we have always caught back up one way or another. 

The Tramily

We first met Bubbles and Boomerang and Mr Worldwide (aka Atlas) all separately sometime in Shenandoah. Bubbles and Boomerang had their own tramily (the Flock) and Mr Worldwide was hiking with Maxwell and crew. Somewhere in PA – its all becoming a blur – we ran into Bubbles and Boomerang and started hiking with them. Then we poached Mr Worldwide from his crew and roped him in to ours. In the past week or so, we’ve become our own tramily and have been intentionally setting up camp and staying at hostels together each night. Although I thought I wouldn’t join a tramily and plan out miles with other people, this groups been a lot of fun and I’m glad it’s worked out for as long as it has. Now, as I write this, they are 6+ miles ahead of me and probably gaining as I write, so it might be a few days before I catch up again. But thats all good! It’s nice to have time to write a blog post lol. 

Bye Bye Rocksylvania, Hello JERSEY

Did y’all know New Jersey can be beautiful? Most people can’t even associate ‘New Jersey’ and ‘beauty’ together. I’ve only been here one day, but let me show you some pics.


I’ve really been enjoying the views after lackluster and rocky Pennsylvania. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Pennsylvania in its rocky ways, but I’m glad to have a change in terrain and views, however slight it may be. 

More Visitors!

My friend Ayana, whom I met at the Ashram, came to day hike with me! It was so much fun and I’m so thankful she was willing to make the drive to come hangout with me. She met up with me in Duncannon, PA, and we Ubered 8 miles down trail and so that we could hike back to her car in the end. No Rush joined us as well, but she hiked ahead so she could ensure our packs didn’t get locked in at the outfitter where we left them. Then, as Ayana and I were walking through Duncannon, it started raining HARD! I was so glad that she had her car handy to get us out of the rain and to the grocery store to resupply. When she dropped No Rush and I back on trail, the rain had passed and we had only a foggy evening to hike through. Suffice it to say, the timing was impeccable!

Adventure Speedrun!

Stopped at a Mennonite farm stand to have homemade chocolate ice cream, strawberries, and to sip the communal raw milk.

Found an old overturned wrecked car in the woods. The tree it hit was growing around the bumper! Nature ftw


Took a vacation at Cabella’s where we spent 2+ hrs oogling at taxidermies, especially in ‘Deer Country’, and talking with the fish in the aquarium.

Walked into an old copper mine!

Drank a quart and a half of raw milk as I was leaving Pennsylvania (gotta get it when I can!)


Bonus tramily photo!

 

That’s all for now folks!

Toodles!

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