• Sierra Nevada 2018

    Upcoming Adventure: The Sierra Nevada

    Hello readers, and happy Solstice! I hope your summer so far has been free-spirited and productive. Two weeks from today I will be on a train headed towards Bakersfield, California to embark on yet another ambitious adventure. I intend to hike through the Sierra Nevada on the Pacific Crest Trail–roughly 440 miles, not including roughly 60 additional miles in and out of towns. The first 120 to 150 miles of this trip I will be hiking with my husband, but after that, I’ll be hiking the rest solo. This will be my first solo backpacking adventure. I’ve haven’t even spent a single overnight on my own. Never. Of course, the…

  • Adventures

    Trip Report: The Olympic National Park

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) April 23, 2018 Evan and I went out to the Olympics last week for a brief stay in a cabin with friends and then an overnight in the Enchanted Valley. Neither of us had been to the Olympic Peninsula before, and this would be our first overnight of the year. A good chance to try out our new gear!  We looked at the various trails near the cabin on Lake Quinault but…

  • Food,  PCT 2017

    Backpacking Recipe: Buffalo Chick’n Wraps

    Long time no blog, folks! I’ve been bouncing around in my head what I want to do with this blog after-the-fact, and I guess I’ll just fill it with little backpacking things here and there. It doesn’t have to be a strictly 2017 PCT blog, y’know? I just recently flipped through Anna Herby’s “The Dietitian’s Resupply Box: A Guide to Thru-Hiking on a Plant-Based Diet” (It’s currently free on Kindle!), and while I noticed a lot of common recipes, Anna also had a few unique ones in there. Like the butternut squash mac n’ “cheese”. I don’t know why I didn’t think of something like that earlier this year when I…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Cutting My Losses

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my PCT blog entries before anywhere else, as well as support me financially on this grand adventure. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.)   Things were a little wild for the last two weeks, and in case you missed it, I got back on the PCT, if even for a brief period of time. I was able to hike another 100 miles of the trail, spend time in the woods with my husband, and meet up with people I hadn’t seen since the desert portion. My return coincided with the…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    To Continue Press Start

    It’s time.   It’s time to finish what I’ve started. Time to put my money where my mouth is And time to put one foot in front of the other and make my way to Canada. Two weeks ago I was under the impression my backpacking was over for the year, that the extent of my future hike were limited to day hikes in city parks. I set my gear aside, gave away my leftover food, and dedicated my time to my art to fill the hole that had been punched into my chest. When I felt like I was suffocating I buried myself in video games. When I felt…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Coming to a Close + Where I’m Going From Here

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my PCT blog entries before anywhere else, as well as support me financially on this grand adventure. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Seeing as most of you readers are actual human beings (I hope?), living the lives of actual human beings (I’m not so sure about that one), you have all faced failure at some point in your life (or are you a statistical anomaly?). Failed math test, failed date, or failed to meet someone’s expectations of you. Call it disappointment, defeat, or losing. Whatever. It sucks. What sucks…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Drawings and Doodles from June and July! Part II

    Hello readers! It’s time for the monthly art dump for you all to enjoy. These are drawings I did on trail/in town in June and July. Sorry for the delay in sharing these, things have been rough! I’ve separated this into two parts since it’s so image heavy. You can see these sooner on my Patreon while also supporting me on my hike. Think of it as my gift to you for being so loving and generous. If you pledge $4 or more, you get a high-quality PDF of all my trail sketches– scanned and cleaned up!    

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Drawings and Doodles from June and July! Part I

    Hello readers! It’s time for the monthly art dump for you all to enjoy. These are drawings I did on trail/in town in June and July. Sorry for the delay in sharing these, things have been rough! I’ve separated this into two parts since it’s so image heavy. You can see these sooner on my Patreon while also supporting me on my hike. Think of it as my gift to you for being so loving and generous. If you pledge $4 or more, you get a high-quality PDF of all my trail sketches– scanned and cleaned up!

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Persistence Creates Toughness

    ESCAPE FROM MOJAVE Last time we met our hero, they were recovering from heat exhaustion in Hiker Town, just outside of Mojave, CA. It was 106F, and it was a real struggle to get food down. The realization had been made that the only way to continue this trail was to get out of the desert. And they did. … Those who have never done any long distance backpacking may look at thru hiking as a kind of vacation. That’s not too far from the truth, but a vacation is usually just a brief escape from the everyday. When thru hiking, your every day becomes the hike. You get up…