Mary Meixner

I hail from Ohio, the state with no mountains, so this mountain-seeking girl is heading for the Appalachian Trail in 2017! I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2013 and have been working in the animal care field ever since, taking care of everything from horses to snakes to tigers to bears to eagles. At present, I am the Curator of Birds at a sanctuary for birds in Ohio. I am not sure where in life I want to go from here, so I am hoping that spending four months in the woods will help me discover some direction. Happy Trails! “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.”

Posts

From a Fellow Hiker, My Two Cents As 2018 Hikers Head Out

From a Fellow Hiker, My Two Cents As 2018 Hikers Head Out

At this time last year, I was anticipating the biggest adventure of my life (so far) with an incredible level of panic. It’s safe and accurate to say

Feb 26, 2018 : Mary Meixner
The Million Dollar Question

The Million Dollar Question

As in, if I had a dollar for every person who asked me this question, I would have a million dollars. Disclaimer: This post might only apply if

Dec 19, 2017 : Mary Meixner
The Mental Journey to Now

The Mental Journey to Now

I decided it might be time for me to articulate the thoughts that have been going through my head for the last three-ish months.   These

Dec 10, 2017 : Mary Meixner
Heartbroken, but Determined and Hopeful

Heartbroken, but Determined and Hopeful

I apologize for my long hiatus from blogging.  I am still alive!  I have not written a post because I simply have not known what to write.  I am

Sep 17, 2017 : Mary Meixner
Yoyoing…but not that kind of yoyoing.

Yoyoing…but not that kind of yoyoing.

Usually, in thruhiking culture, a "yoyo" refers to a hike that traverses the length of a trail and then, upon reaching the end of the trail, the

Aug 22, 2017 : Mary Meixner
Hoping my way out of limbo…

Hoping my way out of limbo…

Following my previous two posts, here continues the saga of my rebellious left leg. I have now been off the Trail for six days.  My leg/hip/back

Aug 11, 2017 : Mary Meixner
When the “Q” word rears its ugly head…

When the “Q” word rears its ugly head…

Quitting. For me personally, the "Q" word is more of a fantasy than an option. Probably at least once a day, depending on the day, I, and other

Aug 5, 2017 : Mary Meixner
On the “Flop” Side: I’m a SOBO now

On the “Flop” Side: I’m a SOBO now

After about ten days off at home, I am back on the Trail with my sights set on Springer Mountain. Hopefully I don't forget that I am a SOBO

Aug 3, 2017 : Mary Meixner
Katahdin: The Halfway Point for This Flip-Flopper

Katahdin: The Halfway Point for This Flip-Flopper

Good news all around! I survived southern Maine. I survived the 100 Mile Wilderness. I survived Katahdin. I survived Maine. Leaving

Jul 22, 2017 : Mary Meixner
Raw and Real and Rugged Maine

Raw and Real and Rugged Maine

I celebrated the day I finished the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I ate a whole pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. By myself. No

Jul 5, 2017 : Mary Meixner