My name is Casie, also known as "River," and I am currently North Bound on the Appalachian Trail. I enjoy long walks on the beach, as well as through the woods.
So Your Loved One Wants to Take a Hike
About a week into my thru-hike, we were sharing stories around a fire when I brought up one that involved my boyfriend. The guy next to me seemed
When You Give A Kid A Thru-Hike
It's almost been two months since I got home from my hike. I never wrote that “final blog” about what it felt like to summit Katahdin, or to wrap up
To My Body, An Apology
I understand that this letter is long overdue. I thought that giving you three weeks of space and time away would help with the healing, but now I
Social Butterfly Returned to Cocoon
Climbing out of the car, I had a distant yet familiar feeling wash over me. As Brady encouraged, 'go make friends, don't be shy!' I was brought back
Don’t worry, I’m alive!
My first week on the trail, I met a hiker sketching the surrounding scene in a shelter. She was peering off into the gray rain, sitting quietly to
Beyond the Gatorade and Burgers
It's 92 degrees out. You've hiked 14 miles already, up and down mountains and hopping rock to rock like a childhood game of 'don't touch the lava.'
Not All Mother Teresas
I'll give a little background here. I'm a shelter girl, even when it's not raining. A fair weather fan, if you will. For 90% of thru-hikers, the
We’re On The Same Team
I want to share a story that happened a few weeks ago, but that I've been thinking a lot about. First of all, for those of you that aren't familiar
Getting Grounded by Mother Nature, and Other Lessons
Being on the trail can have a small home-town feel. Everyone seems to know everyone, or at least to have heard of each other. I fully realized this
Of Mice and Men
'The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.' -Robert Burns You may not have guessed that's where Steinbeck coined his famous title from.