Janine

My name is Janine, aka J9. I am a San Diego-based yoga teacher, and in July 2021, I will be starting my walk home from Canada....Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker at the ripe age of 39! I enjoy long walks in the woods, 528hz music, and local craft kombucha. I have yet to try all three together....maybe soon.

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Southbound into Oregon

Southbound into Oregon

So many NOBOs told me, “you’ll love Oregon. It’s flat, and you’ll easily be able to get 30-35 mile days.”   Hmmm… I believed them.  I was

Sep 7, 2021 : Janine
Doing what I love, while doing what I love

Doing what I love, while doing what I love

Hikers need yoga. That’s a given.  And maybe it’s not everyday that someone who teaches yoga for a living hikes the PCT and gets to offer her

Aug 26, 2021 : Janine
The End of Washington

The End of Washington

Bittersweet … that’s the best word that comes to mind.   Completing Washington on my SOBO thru-hike was a bittersweet moment.   It

Aug 22, 2021 : Janine
Music Recommendations?

Music Recommendations?

Sometimes when I’m on trail, music is nice to have playing.  I made a playlist on Spotify before leaving for the trail, but I would love some input

Aug 18, 2021 : Janine
A Life of Extremes

A Life of Extremes

In the span of a couple days (and about 100 trail miles), it went from thunderstorms, rain and cold, to extreme heat, smoke and fire. Talk about

Aug 14, 2021 : Janine
I have to break up with my Zpacks backpack

I have to break up with my Zpacks backpack

People have shared that gear may shift along the course of a thru-hike, but it is not without some sadness that I didn’t get my pack choice right

Aug 8, 2021 : Janine
How I got my Trail Name….Sofa Queen

How I got my Trail Name….Sofa Queen

  “And when you’re in a Slump you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done“ There were a couple things I knew I

Aug 3, 2021 : Janine
The Final Farewell

The Final Farewell

The week leading up to my departure was bittersweet. I said many good-byes.  Yet, what was so interesting about each one, deep down (while difficult

Jul 18, 2021 : Janine
Health is Wealth

Health is Wealth

Health is wealth; to be healthy is to be wealthy. Never take for granted the body you have. Stress can impair you.

Jun 30, 2021 : Janine
T-Minus 10 weeks…

T-Minus 10 weeks…

I realize 10 weeks is still 2.5 months away, but as the end of spring nears and the start of the summer looms, my flight to Seattle will be here

May 10, 2021 : Janine