Kat Tracks

I live in the Boulder, CO area where I enjoy hiking on our many Open Space trails. I live with my husband of 33 years in a too empty nest, since our daughters have flown the coop. One is studying fashion design and living the good life in Southern California and the other is attending Medical school in Philadelphia. I work PRN as an Ultrasound Tech which leaves me plenty of time to pursue my passions of traveling and enjoying nature - especially wildlife sightings. I will be going NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in 2020. (Make that 2021!) I hope to ‘celebrate’ my SIXTY FIRST birthday somewhere along the trail in late June. See you in the woods!

Posts

Southern Virginia is NOT Flat!

Southern Virginia is NOT Flat!

Through the first part of my AT hike I frequently heard “Virginia is flat.” I beg to differ! Southern Virginia offered some significant elevation

Jun 29, 2021 : Kat Tracks
Faceplant – Your Trail Ended Too Soon

Faceplant – Your Trail Ended Too Soon

Yesterday, I got a note from the wife of a man named Alan Stuart whom I met on trail back in Georgia. She was worried because she had not heard

Jun 11, 2021 : Kat Tracks
Smokin the Smokies!

Smokin the Smokies!

I had the bright idea that we could hike the Smoky Mountain National Park section of the AT straight through. Most Thru-hikers stop at Newfound

Jun 3, 2021 : Kat Tracks
North Carolina Blues

North Carolina Blues

Lightning Strikes Two section hikers left Fontana Village this morning and started across Fontana Dam. The weather was rainy with scattered storms

May 4, 2021 : Kat Tracks
Flowers, Fabulous Flats and Friends

Flowers, Fabulous Flats and Friends

Flowers When I took on the AT challenge, I was focused on the hard parts. I worried about tough climbs, bad weather, sore feet, and being alone.

Apr 24, 2021 : Kat Tracks
Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind

I am writing this from my first off trail stop. I smell -but of soap and shampoo not sweat and body odor! Yeah! Clothes have been washed, more

Apr 17, 2021 : Kat Tracks
The Great Escape II

The Great Escape II

Last year the country shut down for Covid two days before my planned departure for Atlanta. I thought I would have to wait until 2022, but for once

Apr 9, 2021 : Kat Tracks
The Closeness of COVID-19

The Closeness of COVID-19

My flight to Atlanta left without me last Friday. I am hunkering down at home with daily outings to do day hikes amid the growing concern that my

Mar 23, 2020 : Kat Tracks
Packing List in Flux

Packing List in Flux

Two months to go and I finally settled on a Gossamer Gear Mariposa pack. I like it for the lightness and the removable back pad that can be used as a

Feb 5, 2020 : Kat Tracks
Added Benefit of an AT Thru-Hike in 2020

Added Benefit of an AT Thru-Hike in 2020

As a dedicated listener to NPR, it was a surprise to find myself trolling for a good music station during my commute home the other day. My iPhone

Jan 16, 2020 : Kat Tracks