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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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

You don’t start a thru hike casually. The parts of your life you have to move or put on hold are just too big. You end a lease, quit a job. You leave

Aug 25, 2016 : Notebook
5 Things I Got Wrong About Hiking the AT—and 2 I Got Right

5 Things I Got Wrong About Hiking the AT—and 2 I Got Right

What I Got Wrong 1. Because I’m a woman I won’t lose weight. On day hikes before I planned my own thru-hike, I encountered male and female

Aug 24, 2016 : Notebook
They Say It’s the People; They’re Right

They Say It’s the People; They’re Right

This one time, at Fontana Village, back in early May, I was hanging out by myself in the lower level of the lodge when I heard the door open behind

Aug 18, 2016 : Notebook
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