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.”
One Month In: Jersey, Musings, and a Spork
I have been on the Trail for almost a month now! April 22 seems like a decade ago. I will hit my one-month trail anniversary in a few days and I
Week 3: If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans
Over two hundred miles in now, and I can feel my trail legs kicking in! My third week on the trail has been good. Currently I am staying at a hostel
Week 2: Is there such a thing as fake thruhiking?
A week of being spoiled before returning to actual thruhiker life.
My First Week on the Trail: Embracing the Life
My first week as a thruhiker.
Introducing Flat Elliott! (and the rest of my gear list)
All the usual thru-hiking gear and an unusual mascot.
The Reasoning in this Madness: Why I’m Hiking
This is madness. This is thru-hiking the AT. This is why I'm embracing the madness and thru-hiking the AT.
A Shameless Plug for Bears
Bear stories from an animal keeper: Enjoy and be smart about bears.
3, 2, 1 Panic
Well, it happened for the first time. The other night, I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep when suddenly I was struck with a mildly
Shakedown: Not Shaken
When a rookie backpacker sets foot on the AT for the first time ever...
“Something Tookish”: In other words, when a Hobbit decides to leave the Shire…
When a Hobbit decides to leave the Shire, it can only be for one thing...