My name is Kris Grenier, but you can call me Rainbow Dash. Hundreds of people already do.
“Rainbow Dash” was my trail name when I walked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail in 2012. The six months of my thru-hike were some of the greatest of my life thus far. While I walked through the Long Green Tunnel, I saw some incredible places and met some lifelong friends, but it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. On the trail, I experienced emotional highs and lows only slightly less dramatic than the peaks and ravines I climbed. I spent a significant portion of the five years between 2010 and 2014 in the Appalachian woods – and I’ve spent the last two summer in the California backcountry and the mountains and valleys of Spain. My time in the forest has served as a sort of coming-of-age experience akin to that of the subject of John Denver’s “Wild Montana Skies.”
The outcome of my hiking that is most relevant to this blog is that my time in the woods — and particularly my thru-hike — illustrated to me how worthwhile the pursuit of adventure and experience is. My hike highlighted the benefits of taking the road less traveled, of living passionately, and of being open to all that life has to offer. Perhaps the Indigo Girls said it best when they sang, “We’re better off for all the we let in.” In the time following my thru-hike, I have lived a relatively nomadic lifestyle, and I have aspired to be open to whatever comes my way.
I hope you enjoy the stories of my adventures – and my adventure-inspired art. If you’d like to get in touch with me about my blog, the trail, my fiber art, or life in general, please feel free to contact me. I welcome commissions and studio visits, and I love sharing my passion for fiber art by teaching workshops and classes.
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