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Winter in SoCal…

Winter in SoCal…

It’s here.  The very end of my southbound thru-hike, less than 30 miles to go. The end has not been without its intense difficulties.  I thought I had experienced all the...

Dec 10, 2021 : Janine
The Fear is Real…

The Fear is Real…

I’m realizing I get scared easily on this thru-hike. Is it because I am alone? Is it because the trail is difficult? Is it the unknown that awaits me in...

Nov 23, 2021 : Janine
My Ode to the Desert

My Ode to the Desert

Dearest SoCal: I knew you were beautiful, but had no idea the true extent of your beauty. I knew you’d be hard, but didn’t grasp the extent of your difficulty....

Nov 13, 2021 : Janine
At Least I Got the Sierras Done…

At Least I Got the Sierras Done…

I’m 98 days into my SOBO thru-hike, and there are many things I’m proud of: I was able to walk continuously through Washington and Oregon.  I’ve been able to enjoy...

Oct 24, 2021 : Janine
The Day the Sierras Broke Me…

The Day the Sierras Broke Me…

The day came. The day that I was so over everything: the trail, the weather, hiking-life - essentially it all. I was in a foul mood, and it wasn’t a...

Oct 6, 2021 : Janine
Music Recommendations?

Music Recommendations?

Sometimes when I’m on trail, music is nice to have playing.  I made a playlist on Spotify before leaving for the trail, but I would love some input and to...

Aug 18, 2021 : Janine
A Life of Extremes

A Life of Extremes

In the span of a couple days (and about 100 trail miles), it went from thunderstorms, rain and cold, to extreme heat, smoke and fire. Talk about opposite ends of...

Aug 14, 2021 : Janine
I have to break up with my Zpacks backpack

I have to break up with my Zpacks backpack

People have shared that gear may shift along the course of a thru-hike, but it is not without some sadness that I didn’t get my pack choice right from the...

Aug 8, 2021 : Janine
How I got my Trail Name….Sofa Queen

How I got my Trail Name….Sofa Queen

  “And when you’re in a Slump you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done“ There were a couple things I knew I needed to have...

Aug 3, 2021 : Janine
The Final Farewell

The Final Farewell

The week leading up to my departure was bittersweet. I said many good-byes.  Yet, what was so interesting about each one, deep down (while difficult in different ways), they felt

Jul 18, 2021 : Janine