I think it all started when I was about 10. I was introduced to backpacking through my summer camp in Maine, where I would spend a week at a time on the Appalachian Trail. On one such trip we hiked the Mahoosucs, the crowning glory of which is the Mahoosuc Notch, a 1 mile jumble of house and car sized boulders arranged in such a way that climbing up around, through, and under them is necessary. It was the most exciting jungle gym in the world! When I hiked through there again a couple of decades later, it was just as grand. Back in my childhood, I met two thru-hikers whose names I remember to this day: Woody and Ant. They took some time to explain to our camp group that thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail was a six month endeavor, following a trail through forest and mountains that covered 2,175 miles from Georgia to Maine. It was then that the adventure seed was planted in my impressionable brain.
These are my stories: the blood, sweat, tears, and smiles; my adventures, misadventures, and just simply navigating this lifetime. This blog is the story of me experiencing life and seeing the world through my [usually] open heart, sometimes gracefully…sometimes not so much.
But with all of it, as one of my adulthood teachers will deliberately say, “Well…isn’t that interesting.”