Greetings from the wilderness!

Greetings from the wilderness!

Happy 2019! Sorry about the random, late post! Don’t worry; it’s just a one-time thing (mostly to get the word out to friends whose email addresses I’ve managed to lose during various computer moves). πŸ™‚

Fingers crossed, I’ll be back on the AT on March 19 for (hopefully) thru-hike no. 2. Redemption Tour, lol. I won’t be doing a full blog — just brief daily progress reports and a couple of pictures. Kind of like Instagram, but with less Insta. πŸ™‚ That’s the plan, anyway. (I tried doing voice notes for the Sierra last year, and that just sucked. I never did finish that journal, come to think of it. Transposing was onerous. And I’d just gotten to a juicy bit, too. Live and learn! Maybe I’ll finish it someday. Or maybe I’ll go back and start from the beginning again, in Campo, to get all fresh juicy bits.)

If you’re inclined to come along, I’ll be posting here: (Assuming it doesn’t all fall through at the last minute, which would be so very, very, very sad.)

Just wanted to get the word out. And this journal can now go back to sleep for another 5 years. πŸ™‚

Be well, hobbits!

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12 thoughts on “Greetings from the wilderness!

  1. Virginia Henninger

    I’ll be watching for you. Good luck. Be safe.

  2. Marjorie Figun

    OMG! I am so excited for you! I can hardly wait until you start, and I can follow! I hear your excitement it in your notes! You are ready, my friend! Just catching up on your note, I remember when, in the beginning of the AT, you described your feet with so many blisters and pain and swelling, etc. This last 10 practice had your feet as β€œgood?!” That was just my first thought in reading this post! You are stronger, leaner and experienced! You know how to push your mind and body. It’s just you vs. you!! And, you got this! Your HP has your back. You probably would not have done as much as you have in all of your preparing and practices. I love you so much and miss you. I hope to see you before you leave for Georgia. If I don’t, have a wonderful experience, be safe and be well. You will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers. Margie

    Sent from my iPhone

    • MARGIE! You were one of the people I was thinking about! It’s so great to see your name! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for being supportive, and a great, great friend. I’m so glad I’ll be able to take you on the Trail with me! I CAN’T WAIT! (Honestly, I have “senioritis” like you wouldn’t believe. lol.) Take care of yourself! One day at a time!

  3. Thanks, Linda! Great to hear from you, and looking forward to hearing about the saga (sequel?) as it unfolds!



  4. Ryan Tisch

    This is so exciting! I was just telling someone at a party about the weird, karmic connection I felt to your whole thru hike, and how my husband caught me crying when I finished the final post. So much has changed since then – we moved to Baltimore and had two kids! The whole thing still seems a symbol of how good it feels to be alive and connected to total strangers in the world – and that kind of symbol has never seemed more valuable to me than it does now.

    Meeting me on the train last time was probably bad luck so I will avoid the Crescent until you’re safely on your way. But I have a tiny, useful present for you if you have an address to send it to (also super OK if not!). Feel free to email me on the side:

    Best wishes, luck, and tailwinds!


    • Ryan! Ohmygod! So great to hear from you! That whole train ride was AWESOME — so full of magic and possibilities! It was such an outstanding start to what turned out to be an amazing, epic adventure! And it sounds like you’ve had a tremendous adventure of your own! Congratulations to you and your husband on the move, and the family! Baltimore ROCKS! πŸ™‚

      I’ll never forget your kindness and support. You have no idea how much it helped, with the putting one foot in front of the other. πŸ™‚ I’ll send you my address.

      And yeah, I’ll be on the Crescent again! (But it couldn’t have been bad luck. It was actually the best kind of good luck!) My ticket’s booked and my pack is packed and I’m ready and SO EXCITED! I’ll wave when the train passes Baltimore! When you feel the wind on the 18th, that’ll be me, waving, and really really excited. πŸ™‚

  5. Beth Briden

    Holy shit!!! This is amazing news! Bern and I will be on Loft mountain Virginia the last week of May but if you don’t let me send you a resupply some where along this trail I’m gonna cry.

    • {{{BETH}}} I was hoping this would still find your email. So great to hear from you. I hope you have a great week in Shenandoah! (It’ll be perfect. I can already tell. πŸ™‚ )

  6. Sharon

    I love you and think about of you every minute you’re out there!

  7. Slo & Becuz

    Hey there Karma: This is Slo & Becuz! We would love to follow you, so keep us on your list. Good Luck to you! Sincerely S & B

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