Hi, everyone! I’m a 62 year old romance novelist who has decided to get out from behind my desk and do a flip-flop AT thru-hike starting in April 2017. I admit I’m both thrilled and terrified at the thought of taking on a challenge this big. I have no backpacking skills, no survival expertise, and absolutely no reason to believe I can do this other than a healthy dose of stubbornness that has always helped me succeed. I figure this will either be the adventure of a lifetime or the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. I hope you’ll cheer me along as I try to find out!
The verdict about my knees came in. The good news is that I don't have any stress fractures. The bad news is...I don't have any stress fractures.
For the past two weeks I’ve been languishing in hiker limbo, one part of me back on the Appalachian Trail, the other part here at home. It’s a
I've got to hand it to the White Mountains. In the battle of the mountains v. my knees, the score is White Mountains: one; my knees: zero. At least
Imagine that you've been hiking since dawn. It's now mid afternoon, and your feet hurt. Your clothes are dripping with sweat. Your legs, which
So we were sitting in a cafe in Hanover, NH, eating breakfast this morning when I suddenly realized that not only had I not showered or washed my
If I ever questioned the ability of a sunny day to lift my mood, that doubt is gone -- because the rain finally stopped this week. The sun came out
The fates are conspiring against us. Or maybe I should say they're conspiring for us, because oddly enough, every time we decide we're fed up with
We've received a lot of questions about the logistics of thru-hiking while we've been on the trail. Unfortunately, because of limited cellphone
Thru-hiking is a lot like childbirth. The minute it’s over you forget the pain, you forget the misery of scaling mountains with a heavy pack
I mentioned in my last post that on the Appalachian Trail nothing seems to go as planned. Every week is full of surprises -- some funny, some