On the Appalachian Trail (SOBO ’19) I was known as “Swan Dive.” Shortly after completion of my first thru-hike, I took another Swan Dive and dove into the rugged Te Araroa trail located in New Zealand! As a small town Michigander- I left home, hiked across New Zealand and found more than I could have ever asked for. My life changed forever when I stepped foot on that trail. I found my hiking partner, my husband, and my trail family for the rest of my life. One trail baby later and we are still going strong! From America to New Zealand, we keep on hiking. More adventures to come with this family!!
Ultralight Backpacking With a Baby
As I strapped our seven-month-old into the child carrier, I couldn’t help but smile as he admired the birds singing, welcoming him to the forest. His
Two Trails Are Better Than One: Why Everyone Should Hike a Second Thru-Hike
This persistent feeling that I was doing something all too familiar but not familiar at all. I’m currently lying in my tent after a long hike
A True Pilgrimage: Trust Where Your Feet Will Take You
I rolled over on my sleeping pad and let the air expel from my bed. After a long day of climbing through the backcountry of New Zealand my body
Te Araroa: A Beautiful Walk on the Beach
The sun crested the towering sand dunes and reminded me of its strength. The 90-mile beach welcomed me with its wide open space and salty breeze. I
Sometimes the Hardest Part Is Just Getting to the Trailhead
It wouldn’t be an adventure if it didn’t start a little spicy.
NOBODY Can Hike the Trail for You
The heavy drops of rain shook the walls of my tent and formed little puddles beside my sleeping pad. I don’t know if the sound of the rain woke my
Is Packing Your Bikini Ultralight? I’d Say So!
You must pack your bathing suit when hiking in New Zealand! It’s ultralight. See what else I’m bringing..
From the AT to the TA: Swan Diving into It!
Hi, I’m Sunney (or Swan Dive). Don’t let my blond hair fool you. I have gone two weeks without showering on the AT. When a little dread started to