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1300 Miles: Well That Was Fun.

1300 Miles: Well That Was Fun.

I allowed Maine to betray me. Summiting mountain peaks weren't stirring my soul, it was the mirrored sunsets of unbroken waters on a breathless lake, the haunting call of loons,...

Sep 1, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
1200 Miles: Whoopie! Pies or Otherwise.

1200 Miles: Whoopie! Pies or Otherwise.

Miss Daisy (Justine) and ATK (TK) were married on August 4, 2016, at Shaw’s Hostel in Monson, in the presence of hikers. Justine’s father, who is a minister in the...

Aug 28, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
1100 Miles: Maine. Mahoosuc Notch. Moose.

1100 Miles: Maine. Mahoosuc Notch. Moose.

As I approach the 100-mile wilderness, the number of SOBOs is lessening—and those I do pass appear to be struggling—after all it is their first 100 miles. Unlike my own...

Aug 13, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
900 Miles: Showers. Thunderstorms. Bubbles.

900 Miles: Showers. Thunderstorms. Bubbles.

The low points are primarily associated with long days, humidity and feeling gross. I'm starting to feel obsessive about prioritizing showers over almost everything else.

Jul 27, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
When you hit rock bottom, climb back up.

When you hit rock bottom, climb back up.

I could either go home and be a quitter or purge myself of all anxieties and negativity. Continuing to hike in my toxic mental state was not an option.

Jul 23, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
800 Miles: I Lovermont. Sort Of. Absolutely.

800 Miles: I Lovermont. Sort Of. Absolutely.

I later learned that one of the guidebooks rated this section all the way through the Glastonbury wilderness to be challenging. I also learned that this area is considered to...

Jul 15, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
700 Miles: A Third Of The Way Q&A

700 Miles: A Third Of The Way Q&A

While the first hundred miles seemed to take a long time to hit, these last few series of hundred mile milestones seem to come upon me much quicker.

Jul 2, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
600 Miles: Short States. Zeroes. Wildlife.

600 Miles: Short States. Zeroes. Wildlife.

The slabs of smooth granite and open summit vistas along the New Jersey and New York border and the emerald grasslands of Harriman State Park. Summer is here and the...

Jun 25, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

Through all the excitement, there's less exciting aspects of a thru-hike (for me anyway) that I experience on a daily basis. As of right now, it goes something like this:

Jun 25, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus
100 Appalachian Trials in the 100 Mile Wilderness

100 Appalachian Trials in the 100 Mile Wilderness

The Wilderness is devoid of the luxuries of the south that include "switchbacks," "drainage ditches," "paved roads to food," and "bridges over rivers".

Jun 14, 2016 : Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus