Caroline

Hello, I'm Caroline, a 38-year-old nature enthusiast with a strong love for hiking and the outdoors. Despite working in the fast-paced tech industry, hiking has always been my solace. Whenever I have had the opportunity, I would escape to the mountains or nearby trails to seek refuge in the simplicity and tranquility of nature. The more time I spend outdoors, the more alive I feel. Unfortunately, life took an unexpected turn when I was laid off at the end of 2023. Initially, I felt a sense of panic and uncertainty about my next steps. However, I realized that this setback could be transformed into an opportunity. With my newfound free time, I have decided to fully embrace my passion for hiking. So, in 2024, I will embark on a long-distance hike, immersing myself in nature's beauty and pushing myself physically and mentally. This journey will serve as a reset and a chance to reconnect with the things that truly bring me joy, while also paving a new path in life. I am eager to share my experiences and connect with fellow outdoor enthusiasts along the way. My hope is to inspire others to pursue their passions and live life to the fullest.

Posts

Life on the Edge: Hiking with a Medley of Maladies

Life on the Edge: Hiking with a Medley of Maladies

Welcome back, dear readers, to another wild ride through the ups and downs of my physical well-being. Today, spurred on by my last post where I

Mar 2, 2024 : Caroline
Why I’m Embarking on the Hiking Adventure of a Lifetime

Why I’m Embarking on the Hiking Adventure of a Lifetime

Hey there, fellow wanderers and thrill-seekers! As I sit here, nervously staring at the monstrous stack of hiking gear in front of me, I can't help

Feb 27, 2024 : Caroline
The Countdown Continues: Two Weeks Until I Embark

The Countdown Continues: Two Weeks Until I Embark

Hello dear readers! It's been another week of adventures (and potential disasters) as I continue to prepare for my upcoming AT hike. Let me catch you

Feb 24, 2024 : Caroline
Embracing the Panic and Preparing for Adventure: 21 Days

Embracing the Panic and Preparing for Adventure: 21 Days

Oh boy, time is ticking away faster than I can say "trail mix"! Can you believe it? In just three short weeks, I'll be hitting the trail - cue the

Feb 19, 2024 : Caroline
Hiking Adventures and Other Excuses to Eat and Drink: A Tale of Slacking

Hiking Adventures and Other Excuses to Eat and Drink: A Tale of Slacking

Slacking Off in Style A storm rolled into California, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to hide from the wind and rain – you know, like I

Feb 15, 2024 : Caroline
Adventures, Storms, Food, Gear, and Fun! – Continued Thru-Hike Preparations

Adventures, Storms, Food, Gear, and Fun! – Continued Thru-Hike Preparations

Greetings, fellow adventurers! Today's blog post is all about the most recent week in my journey to prepare for my epic Appalachian Trail hike to

Feb 6, 2024 : Caroline
A Hiker’s Adventures: Camping Fails and Mountain Top Dreams

A Hiker’s Adventures: Camping Fails and Mountain Top Dreams

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Today, I have the tale of my final night of gear testing at Joshua Tree. This was my second attempt at camping in

Feb 4, 2024 : Caroline
Joshua Tree Shakedown – Day 2 – The Mission Has Failed Successfully (Maybe)

Joshua Tree Shakedown – Day 2 – The Mission Has Failed Successfully (Maybe)

Picture this: it's 6 am, and I wake up… well, just kidding, I hit the proverbial snooze button until 7 am. I finally crawled out of my warm(!!)

Jan 28, 2024 : Caroline
A Night in Joshua Tree: Battling Cold, Wind, and Boredom

A Night in Joshua Tree: Battling Cold, Wind, and Boredom

So, picture this: I'm in Joshua Tree National Park, testing out my gear, again. It's just me, the desert, and a whole lot of doubts. But hey, what

Jan 27, 2024 : Caroline
This Too Shall Pass: Lessons from my Sub-Zero Shakedown Camping Trip

This Too Shall Pass: Lessons from my Sub-Zero Shakedown Camping Trip

Hey there, fellow adventure seekers! Today, I have a bone-chilling story to share with you about a shakedown camping trip that I took earlier this

Jan 22, 2024 : Caroline