Bored and Nervous to Tears

Although it technically stretched over three days, the train and bus trip blurs into one cohesive segment of time. I never actually ‘slept’, I simply lost consciousness for a bit. It was long, it was exhausting, it was boring. At the very least, Evan and I eventually opened up and started talking to others. And by others I mean just one person, who very much looked like they were headed for the Southern Terminus as well. Their name was East, and within a few minutes of some awkward hellos they offered my starving face a vegan BBQ sandwich. I may …

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The Beginning before the Beginning

I’m on this train, right? This actual train, heading toward California. Seriously? The previous week has been such a blur. One day I’m trying to decide which items to pack first based on household need, the next I’m sleeping on the floor of my now vacant dining room. I realize my sleeping pad is not actually all that comfortable; or do I just hurt from slinging boxes and furniture up and down three flights of stairs for two days? I roll over to check the time; I have a voicemail. That’s odd. Nobody ever calls me. What I hoped would …

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So Tell Me, My Man, You Happy Here In The Big World?

“Thrilled.” -Korben Dallas It is the twenty-first of April, in five days I will be escaping, with my partner in crime, from the tedium of every-day life in the city. Running off into the wilds of the South California backcountry to start along the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,659 mile long trail that runs north, from the border of Mexico to Canada. In one week we start on the adventure of a lifetime, or something like that… Incoming Hobbit references. Not to say that I don’t think of it in that way, but eventually you stop framing it like an adventure. …

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Check out my blog on The Trek!

CORRECTION! I will still be blogging here, and so will my husband, Evan!  But I will ALSO be blogging occasionally at TheTrek.co, covering more personal topics about trail life. Evan and I will make this a group project.    Sorry for any confusion. I’ll set up a mailing list soon so you can subscribe here as well <3 This blog will be moving over to TheTrek.co, where I have more blogging tools and a wider audience! There you can also subscribe to the blog so you can receive updates whenever I post, as well as read the trail journals of …

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A Backpacker’s Obsession with Food – Part II

It’s no secret I love food. I LOVE food. I wake up in the morning, eat food, and start thinking about what I’m going to have for dinner. This is an entirely privileged way to think about food, but circumstances have made it my experience so far in life. While backpacking, this love increases ten-fold. I become ravenous. Through particularly tough stretches I focus on my future dinner. I think about savory, creamy ramen… spicy, chunky chili… or creamy banana pudding… while I try to forget the pain in my toe as I just stubbed it for the fourth time …

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A Backpacker’s Obsession with Food

The sun is just starting to touch the tips of the trees, and today’s hike is starting to weigh you down; much like that 30lb pack on your shoulders. There’s a new hole in your shoe and every so often you’ve been shaking pine needles and dust out from between your toes. It rained that morning, and that afternoon was warm, leaving the trail muggy and hot. Your head hurts a little. The last day hiker you saw didn’t say hi or even make eye contact. Today’s been a pretty meh day. The taste of the last Clif bar you …

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