Ruth Morley

After living overseas 18 years, I continue to enjoy exploring the world, especially via my own two feet. Doing the 1500 mile GR5 trail from the North Sea to the Mediterranean made me fall in love with long distance hiking. Now that we're back in Ohio, the Appalachian Trail keeps calling me. So in 2017, I answered. After tons of prep work at home dehydrating all my gluten- and dairy-free food, I got 500 miles in before tendonitis and the dreaded plantar fasciitis sent me home. After healing over the winter, I finished up the southern half on Nov.10, 2018. But the northern 1100 miles await, so I must go. Join me this spring/summer as I explore and complete this section hopefully in one go.

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Don’t Forget to Follow Some Blue Blazes in Life

Don’t Forget to Follow Some Blue Blazes in Life

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege.  Use it.  Dwell in possibility.”  —Oprah Winfrey As most of you readers

May 21, 2019 : Ruth Morley
Back in the Groove of Things

Back in the Groove of Things

12 days into this year’s journey, and it’s already feeling so natural. There has been a reassuring familiarity of this being my second time on this

May 12, 2019 : Ruth Morley
And So the Journey Resumes

And So the Journey Resumes

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.   —Lao Tzu On May 1, 172 days after summiting Mount Springer in Georgia, my feet once

May 6, 2019 : Ruth Morley
The Nuts and Bolts of My Perfectionist Preparations

The Nuts and Bolts of My Perfectionist Preparations

I have been blessed/cursed with the need to do everything to the very best of my ability and then some.  So this naturally applies to preparing my

Apr 19, 2019 : Ruth Morley
In Reflection: Practices and Products I’ll Use Again This Year

In Reflection: Practices and Products I’ll Use Again This Year

It has now been two months since I completed the southern half of the AT.  Climbing Springer Mountain with my daughter and two granddaughters will

Jan 3, 2019 : Ruth Morley
Springer Bound:  Sight Set Firmly on Goal, Feet Forward, Just Do It!

Springer Bound: Sight Set Firmly on Goal, Feet Forward, Just Do It!

Ah, my friends, what drama was packed into the final two weeks of finishing the southern half of the AT!  Even now, several days later, I can fully

Nov 14, 2018 : Ruth Morley
Though the Highs and Lows of the Smokies

Though the Highs and Lows of the Smokies

I wasn’t looking forward to the 72-mile trek through Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I had heard plenty of warnings about the steep ups and

Nov 1, 2018 : Ruth Morley
Lost and Found: Heat,  Hikers, a Hound, and a Husband

Lost and Found: Heat, Hikers, a Hound, and a Husband

Lost:  Heat OK,  we can kiss summer goodbye. It seems like it happened overnight,   Sleeping outside has gone from comfortable to cold.   That

Oct 16, 2018 : Ruth Morley
Stunning Views and New Friends

Stunning Views and New Friends

Hi, folks, for the second time this evening. It’s gonna be a shorter post  than usual, thanks to my previous post about safety on the trail. That

Oct 7, 2018 : Ruth Morley
Here’s Why I Won’t Get Lost on the AT

Here’s Why I Won’t Get Lost on the AT

Recently, a woman from our city became separated from her daughter during just a short “walk in the woods” in the Smokies.   Like many, I was

Oct 7, 2018 : Ruth Morley