Posted in April 2013

The trail bit back

The trail bit back

When last we left our protagonist, she was hanging out for a day in Erwin, TN recovering from the AT plague, the scourge that has taken down lesser (wo)men. Ok, enough speaking in the third person for the day. After zeroing (convalescing?) one day at Uncle Johnny’s hostel, I decided to get the heck out … Continue reading

Is the honeymoon over?

Is the honeymoon over?

About a month ago, my friend Chris sent me a birthday card in the shape of a pickle, which – just for the record – is one of the best shapes for a birthday card since one can use it as a prop. For a good week, I was responding to a variety of people’s … Continue reading

Let’s just get the heck out of the Smokies

Let’s just get the heck out of the Smokies

…I heard that sentiment more times than I can count in the past week. I heard it bouncing around the walls of the overpacked shelters, echoing down the snow-packed trail, and among hikers huddled around A.T. Guides – all trying to plan their next moves. I don’t know what it is about the Smokies, but … Continue reading

Expect the unexpected

Expect the unexpected

I was recently reflecting on my first days on the trail. Yeah, I’ve only been traveling for about three weeks and am already feeling nostalgic. And, whoa, only three weeks on the trail?! It feels like so much longer. It occurred to me that the four friends I’ve been hiking with – Zen, Lentil, Peanut, … Continue reading