Sarah Lesiecki

Hi there! My name is Sarah but I'm better known as Lil Bear on the trail. I'm 29 years old and grew up an Illinois suburb kid, but have been residing in the city of Chicago for the past five years. I'm a flight attendant as my full time job, and I play in the Chicago Bears Drum Line on the side. I spent a chunk of time hiking the AT this past summer, as I completed about 680 miles of the trail while going back home every few weeks to keep up with my jobs. I'm gearing up for this summer, doing things a little differently this time around, and am excited to be able to share this crazy journey with you as I plan to spend another summer finishing the trail! Update: If you're interested in past hiking posts or what I'm up to during the stay-at-home order, feel free to visit me at sarahs-travels.com!

Posts

Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike

Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike

A love for the Appalachian Trail comes with a great respect for the trail. For me, this means not only respecting the physical trail, but also the

Aug 3, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
To Hike or Not to Hike in an Uncertain Time

To Hike or Not to Hike in an Uncertain Time

A look into decisions I'm trying to make as a flight attendant who was getting ready to hit the trail, and ways in which the coronavirus has impacted that.

Mar 17, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
A Look Inside My Head: What Is the Drive Behind My Long-Distance Hike?

A Look Inside My Head: What Is the Drive Behind My Long-Distance Hike?

For anyone following me, this is my version of the essential "why I'm hiking" blog entry. I learned last year that if you have plans to do a

Feb 17, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
The First Time I Met the Appalachian Trail in Person

The First Time I Met the Appalachian Trail in Person

It was the summer of 2017. My friend Ashley had just gone through a significant life event and was in the midst of transition. We both lived in

Dec 15, 2019 : Sarah Lesiecki
1,512 Miles to Go: Welcome to My Journey

1,512 Miles to Go: Welcome to My Journey

If you aren't sure if you have time to thru-hike, go anyway. If you've done your research and have your gear in place but aren't sure if you're ready

Dec 6, 2019 : Sarah Lesiecki