Notebook

I was living a comfy-but-unfulfilling life in 2015 when I met my first thru-hikers, my heralds, my calls to action. They said it was "never too late," and even though I didn't think I was too close to death's door, I saw they had a point. So nine months later I quit my job, put my furniture in my parents' basement, and started my NOBO thru-hike, which, when a stress fracture grounded me 675 miles later, turned into a LASH. But the trail taught me what I needed to know about myself, which is that although I will never like lashing rainstorms on mountainsides, I can survive them. This fact gave me the courage to start a freelance life, one that is breathtakingly more authentic than the one I had before. If you're on the fence, leap. If you want to read more of my writing, check out www.mathinacalliope.com Hugs, Notebook.

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It Doesn’t Take Much to Make a Hiker Happy

It Doesn’t Take Much to Make a Hiker Happy

I'm still off trail healing up my foot; this post describes one evening in June. As odd as are a lot of the situations in which you find yourself

Aug 16, 2016 : Notebook
Musings of a Laid-up Long-ass Section Hiker

Musings of a Laid-up Long-ass Section Hiker

As most of you probably know, I’m off the trail healing up a foot. I have been off now for—oh, man—six weeks as of today. Sheeeeeyit. That’s like,

Aug 5, 2016 : Notebook
Has the AT Had Enough of Me? The Last of Three Ridiculous Days

Has the AT Had Enough of Me? The Last of Three Ridiculous Days

I wrote a LABE (long-ass blog entry). I broke it up so as not to overstay my welcome on your screen. You can read Part II at your leisure. "The AT

Aug 1, 2016 : Notebook
Has the AT Had Enough of Me? The Second of Three Ridiculous Days

Has the AT Had Enough of Me? The Second of Three Ridiculous Days

I wrote a LABE (long-ass blog entry). I broke it up so as not to exhaust you. This is part 2. You can read

Aug 1, 2016 : Notebook
Has the AT Had Enough of Me? The First of Three Ridiculous Days

Has the AT Had Enough of Me? The First of Three Ridiculous Days

I wrote a LABE (long-ass blog entry), so I broke it up since I know people don't have hours to thumb their screens on one post. This is Part 1 of

Aug 1, 2016 : Notebook
Some Sunshine in My Life

Some Sunshine in My Life

They tell you to hike your own hike. They warn against getting caught up in a pack of people too soon: You'll compromise your own goals, they say.

Jul 11, 2016 : Notebook
Probably More Detail Than You Need About What I Eat on the AT

Probably More Detail Than You Need About What I Eat on the AT

Before embarking on my thru, I had a lot of questions and uncertainty about trail food. I wanted to eat as healthfully as possible, since that

Jul 6, 2016 : Notebook
The Easiest Terrain, the Least Miles, the Best Weather (in Which Inti Visits Me on the AT)

The Easiest Terrain, the Least Miles, the Best Weather (in Which Inti Visits Me on the AT)

Even though it was a nero--just 8 miles and change--the walk down to VA 630 felt excruciatingly long since I was so eager to get there and see Inti.

Jun 20, 2016 : Notebook
More Questions Than Answers These Days

More Questions Than Answers These Days

As Bill Bryson puts it in A Walk in the Woods, one of the central features of hiking the AT is deprivation. Bryson was 44 when he hiked the AT. He

Jun 7, 2016 : Notebook
Make the Whole Trip That Way

Make the Whole Trip That Way

I'm sitting next to the Nolichucky River near Erwin, TN, approximately 340 miles and exactly 44 days from my start at Springer Mountain. Bird chirps

May 27, 2016 : Notebook