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isolation

isolation The Pacific Crest trail though the >24,000 sq miles of the Sierra Nevada may be one of the most isolated places in the continental United States.  For over 200...

Sep 28, 2022 : 4 Shirts
Colorado Trail: Into the San Juans!

Colorado Trail: Into the San Juans!

I was poised at the edge of sleep but awake enough to discern the songs of winged insects when another sound came into my consciousness.  The rasp of labored breathing,...

Sep 28, 2022 : Isabella Zenaidah
Glorious Handwashing, An Ode to Plumbing

Glorious Handwashing, An Ode to Plumbing

“I’m getting used to the idea of washing my face with cold water!” Two 20 something year old women stood at the hut bathroom’s cold running water sinks. Somewhere in...

Sep 25, 2022 : Wendy Boller
CT: A Hailstorm Beats A Shitstorm

CT: A Hailstorm Beats A Shitstorm

There was something magnificent about that storm. Although I was drenched and battered by hail, internally I felt balanced and sturdy. The past 48 hours had been a series of...

Sep 23, 2022 : Isabella Zenaidah
Ashes to asses in Nor Cal

Ashes to asses in Nor Cal

Day 68: Zero miles. Burney to Old Station     I had breakfast at the spooky church with Fish and Nine Beers and went then to do my groceries, laundry...

Sep 19, 2022 : Miia Tsunami
Colorado Trail: the Delight of Doing Hard Things

Colorado Trail: the Delight of Doing Hard Things

I lay in the dark feeling mad with the urge to crawl out of my own skin. Throughout the night, my limbs would spasm and jolt with unbearable itches. The...

Sep 9, 2022 : Isabella Zenaidah
Colorado Trail: Salida, I love you.

Colorado Trail: Salida, I love you.

Backpacking is gratifying, intensely introspective, and demanding on many different levels. It is relieving to counterbalance that mode of being with moments of playfulness or outright hedonism. To live, however...

Sep 9, 2022 : Isabella Zenaidah
Days 155-160 Vermont Part 1: The Vermontica Slackpack

Days 155-160 Vermont Part 1: The Vermontica Slackpack

Once we crossed the border we had about 14 miles to our meet up point with my mom. We have been so well supported by our family and friends for...

Sep 6, 2022 : Pinky and The Brain
Colorado Trail: No Feeling is Final, Just Keep Going.

Colorado Trail: No Feeling is Final, Just Keep Going.

God speaks to each of us as (s)he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond...

Aug 29, 2022 : Isabella Zenaidah
Days 148-155 Marshachussetts: Land O’ Lakes and Ponds

Days 148-155 Marshachussetts: Land O’ Lakes and Ponds

If you thought we loved Connecticut, wait till you hear about magical Massachusetts ! Our welcome into the state was less than ideal with the steep rock scramble down Bear...

Aug 27, 2022 : Pinky and The Brain