Lowest to Highest Route: Day Negative One

I’m sitting alone at my parents’ kitchen table, eating a piece of chocolate cake left over from my mom’s birthday party. It’s dark, save for the glow of my laptop screen. Pictures of people doing fun things on Facebook. Job listings. Health insurance application forms. The stuff of existential angst. My phone rings. It’s Carrot. “Tick Tock, … More Lowest to Highest Route: Day Negative One

When the Trail is a Sea of Rocks Forever: An Ode to Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is not as bad as they say. “Worst state on the entire Appalachian Trail.” “Pennsylvania sucked.” “The rocks! They kill your feet, your spirit. Ruin everything. They’ll eat you alive.” And what they say isn’t entirely untrue. The trail is rocks for hundreds of miles: sharp rocks, flat rocks, grapefruit sized rocks, rocks like … More When the Trail is a Sea of Rocks Forever: An Ode to Pennsylvania

Ten Important Lessons I Learned On The Appalachian Trail

Lists are fun, don’t you think? The following is a list of ten things I learned (or already knew but hadn’t realized how super-duper mega important they were) on my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. 1. Cinnamon roll is the best pop-tart flavor, hands down. Sadly, its limited edition status has run its course. R.I.P. cinnamon roll … More Ten Important Lessons I Learned On The Appalachian Trail

Vote For The CDT And Good Things Will Happen

Hey Guys, Next year, I’m hiking the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada (or Canada to Mexico, depending on the weather.) The CDT stretches 3,000 miles along the Rocky Mountains through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, and is only 70% complete. But guess what? The CDT is in the running to win a $25,000 grant … More Vote For The CDT And Good Things Will Happen

Oh, Days Like These 

It’s late afternoon when the trail spits me out of the woods and winds its way through yellow-green fields. Silos and red barn roofs and pastures spread flat across the horizon. When the wind whooshes, the tall grass bends and sways and tickles my calves, and thank goodness for the Deet I sprayed on earlier … More Oh, Days Like These