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From Neuroses and Anxiety to Routine and Monotony

From Neuroses and Anxiety to Routine and Monotony

I’ve been noticing some internal shifts. They happened slowly, then all at once. I love that quote, or misquote, from The Sun Also Rises. “Gradually, then suddenly,” is the actual...

Jun 27, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Why Are We Doing This? Why Am I Doing This?

Why Are We Doing This? Why Am I Doing This?

I was almost at the top of a ridge. I picked my way over rocks. The scent of honeysuckle and wildflowers surrounded me, filled my nostrils. Buzz of bees and...

Jun 12, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Serendipity: Evolution of a Trail Name

Serendipity: Evolution of a Trail Name

I first heard the special language of the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains. It was the early 2000s. A dear friend and I were hiking the Presidential range and...

May 23, 2022 : Wendy Boller
I Recommend Camping on the Side of a Hill for at Least One Night

I Recommend Camping on the Side of a Hill for at Least One Night

I reached Cosby Knob shelter at about 6pm. One of my first 20+ mile days. I started the day at Icewater Spring shelter. The tenting area at Cosby Knob is...

May 13, 2022 : Wendy Boller
And Then, Terror

And Then, Terror

“I think I have to come home with you back to NY. I don’t think I can do this alone.” My section hiker friends, Janet, Brian, and Peter, were going...

May 9, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Finding My Rhythm, Aligning with the Rhythms of Nature

Finding My Rhythm, Aligning with the Rhythms of Nature

Rain and grey dominated the drive from NY to GA. Moments of blue and light peeked through, then rain again. During my shift at the wheel I fine tuned the...

May 1, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Via Dinarica: The BEST Thru-Hike You’ve Never Heard Of

Via Dinarica: The BEST Thru-Hike You’ve Never Heard Of

The Via Dinarica is a network of long-distance hiking trails through the Dinaric Alps in the Balkans of Southeastern Europe.  There are three trails: the White Trail, the Blue Trail,...

Mar 9, 2022 : Louisa Richards
Welcome

Welcome

You're invited to read along as I walk along the Appalachian Trail. (First backpacking selfie, 2015) WHO:  Hi, my name is MG. I’m a first-generation Filipina-American woman and I’m privileged...

Jan 23, 2022 : MG Hibionada
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