• Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    Strength and Smokescreens – Bishop to Vermillion Valley Resort

    (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.) Originally posted: 8/03/2018. Transcribed from handwritten journal. July 21st – Saturday – 2.3 hiked -??? Total Back in the trail! Sort of, anyway. Since we weren’t able to get out of town until noon and had a 2,500-foot climb first thing over a pass, and storms were moving in… we made camp at a lake just before the pass. We have 5 to 8ish days of food in our packs and really…

  • Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    Into the Wilderness – Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows

    (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.) Originally posted: 7/12/2018. Transcribed from handwritten journal. 6/26/18 — Tuesday A year ago today I was staying at a trail angels house in Burney, CA, waiting for a resupply package to arrive so we could start hiking the NorCal section of the PCT. We had skipped the Sierra portion due to record snowpack and melt. Today I am in PDX, waiting to board a bus to go hike a small section of…

  • 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

    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

    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…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Actual Trudging

    So, let’s talk about how much I hate the desert. I grew up in Michigan, where the winters are characteristically cold and dry, with at least a few feet of snow. The upstairs of my childhood home had no heat, no insulation, and old drafty windows. Naturally that’s where my bedroom was, and sometimes I woke up seeing my breath, scratching ice off my windows to see outside. I wasn’t miserable though; I’m a cold loving creature. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy summers, especially dry heat! But I cannot handle the deserts of the American Southwest, especially in late June and on the PCT. Yesterday it was 98F by…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Build a Bridge and Get Over It

    Here I am, in Palmdale. Yet again I’ve caught something and I’m down for the count. At least this time I knew what I came down with (a cold), and I know how to treat it (rest). But this cold did something no cold has ever done to me: clogged my ear and gave me vertigo. How the… how the heck can I hike with this? Why the hell does this keep happening? Is it me? Am I doing this to myself? Am I… a wuss? Maybe. Maybe I am. Maybe I’m just trying to get attention, like the youngest child/only daughter I am. “Pity me! I’m miserable! Give me…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    It’s always something isn’t it?

    Day 21 Believe it or not, it’s actually difficult for me to write romantically about things I’m currently experiencing. This is probably why for the most part I’ve only written about my pain and frustrations on the trail. I haven’t had a lot of time or mental space to have romantic thoughts about the trail; pain tends to take that luxury away from you. Some parts of the day are like a vacation, sitting in the shade eating a snack, watching the colors of the hills shift as the day rolls on. Other parts are punishment, like marching across the desert under the whip of your slave master. Sometimes I…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Stomp The Stress Away

    Two Weeks, Over 100 miles in. Multiple sunburns, poison Oak, several heat rashes, and more bug bites than you can shake a stick at. One blister, a lightly throbbing big toe, and the hips of an eighty-year-old construction worker, but still my body will toughen up as I go. And after countless conversations with my fellow backpackers I seem to be one of the lucky ones even! I have no major complaints honestly, most of these problems will slowly dwindle away, and (here’s hoping) I will be in peak physical condition. The best in my life! Mentally, however… Stress and anxiety seem to be my biggest hurdles, having a couple…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    But It Builds Character, Right?

    I don’t even know what day of the hike this is. Let’s see, if we started on April 30th and today is May 11th… this is day 12. Almost 2 weeks on the trail, with only one zero day. We’ve hiked about 127 miles so far. And my feet are screaming at me. I have very few blisters, maybe three. They’re small and inconsequential. Those aren’t the problem. The problem is I don’t know what is wrong with my feet. I feel as if a hammer has been swung at them; from my toes to my ankle. Walking is the worst, and walking is the name of this game called Thru-Hiking. They’ve…