Throughout my fight with Lyme disease, I have tried to be patient and calm. After finding that anxiety and depression got me nowhere, I have tried to embrace a Zen attitude about being ill for an indefinite period of time. I have worked to relish the good days and accept the bad days, acknowledge the failures but savor the successes. I don’t feel like doing any of that today…
My trail name is Rainbow Dash, but most of my time on the Pacific Crest Trail has thus far been spent Rainbow Trotting, Rainbow Moseying, Rainbow Crawling, and even Rainbow Hobbling. However, I spent much of the time between Wrightwood and Acton dashing, and I loved every minute of it.
Anyone who has ever had a hiking partner knows how special they can be. Hiking partners are people you can stand to spend “23.5 hours a day” with. They’re the ones who are able to lift you up when you’ve fallen, physically or emotionally. They’re the ones with whom you
I’m fairly certain that the only thing the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail have in common is that they’re both long. While the AT features lots of little ascents and descents, a hiker on the PCT can spend an entire day only going up or downhill. While the
Hiking a long-distance trail is a wonderful opportunity to stop and think about where you’ve come from and where you’re going. I think it’s even better to start sorting through the questions you’ll be asking yourself before you hit the trail. That could happen as you’re gathering your gear, as