Hi! My name is Alejandra (she/her), trail name Mariposa. I'm originally from Mexico but now live near Indianapolis, IN. As an archaeologist, I spend most of my time outdoors, but nothing compares to a good ol' backpacking trip. Thanks to my mom, I discovered backpacking in college and haven't looked back since! This year (2023) I completed an attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. What an adventure! Feel free to follow along as I write about my 2198.4-mile journey! Happy trails!
Mile 300, leaving NC, mile 400, amazing hostels, and reaching Virginia!
Helloooooo North Carolina, goodbyeeeee Georgia! Hiking 100 miles, Franklin, the Smokies, 200 miles, and more!
Afraid. Nervous. Fearful. When I arrived at Amicalola Falls State Park on March 18th with my mom, I was terrified. The joy and giddy thoughts about
Interested in what a non-ultralight midweight gear list for the Appalachian Trail looks like? Check out what I will be carrying with me on my trek of the AT in 2023 right here.
Are you a hiker and a perfectionist? Me too! Here are some of my perfectionist tendencies and how I hopefully plan to eradicate them on my AT thru-hike.
Deciding whether to bring a pet on a 2,198.4-mile hike is a really big decision. Here's how my decision-making went.
Leave No Trace is much more than digging yourself a cathole and packing out your trash. It's also about preserving the archaeology around us. Read on to learn how you can protect archaeological sites in the backcountry.
Ever wondered what goes through the mind of someone attempting a thru-hike? You're probably thinking they're crazy, and yes, that's part of it. However, there are so many reasons why someone might decide to take on living in the woods for six months. Here are mine.
Hello! My name is Alejandra May (she/her). This year I will be attempting a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. The plan is to head out from my