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Guest Post: “walks everywhere” by Ann Juergens
We are here on the planet only once, and might as well get a feel for the place. Annie Dillard…Read
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audio narrative: Afton on the Stay-at-Home-Order
Finally I saw that worrying came to nothing. And gave up. And took my old body and went out into…Read
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…and the winner of the PCT photo contest is…
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction. Unknown –…Read
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audio narrative: Walk in the Time of Coronavirus
But the beauty is in the walking – we are betrayed by destinations.  Gwyn Thomas For many of us, early…Read
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peeps of the PCT: used car salesman of the border
Home is the nicest word there is. Laura Ingalls Wilder We’re home tonight after the concert we planned to attend…Read
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GUEST POST: Every Journey Starts with a First Step by Vicky Duran
The one thing you learn is when you can step out of your comfort zone and be uncomfortable, you see…Read
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peeps of the PCT: Tammy and John, caretakers
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. Margaret Mead…Read
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the glamorous life of a fledgling blogger
If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead SO SORRY loyal…Read
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a chorus of birds from both sides (of the world) now
These things are ours for God creates within our soul a mystic sense of wonder that we may hear allegro…Read
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GUEST POST: The Healing Power of Hiking by Kieran James Cunningham
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and…Read
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peeps of the PCT: Catholic scouts of the trail
Thank God I have seen an orange sky with purple clouds. How easy it is to forget that we have…Read
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peeps of the PCT: G-punk
About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most…Read
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…at the speed of Andante
Walking is also an ambulation of mind. Gretel Ehrlich Today I’ll present my first talk about my epic hikes. I…Read
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The Sweet Ephemeral
…you’re the author of your own story, honey, so take your time telling it. revise. revise, and revise some more.…Read
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GUEST POST: Meet supergirl harpist-hiker Emily Granger
Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have…Read
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peeps of the PCT: the start
It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an…Read
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thoughts on the year’s first day
They say faith is taking the first step when you can’t see the whole staircase. Actually, wisdom is seeing the…Read
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Christmas
In the beginning was the Verb, and the Verb was with God, and the Verb was God. John 1:1 When…Read
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peeps of the PCT: Karl and Holly, trail angels
Wherever we travel to, the wonderful people we meet become our family. Lailah Gifty Akita Last night I had vivid…Read
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Post PCT Gear Review, or: how I learned what stays and what gets chucked
There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of…Read
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GUEST POST: In Praise of “Cowgirl Camping” by Ted Adamski
Camping can be the greatest expression of free will, personal independence, innate ability, and resourcefulness possible today in our industrialized,…Read
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après PCT
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some…Read
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PCT Day 139, Lake Morena campground to Mexican border, 20 miles
You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you…Read
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PCT Day 138, Mount Laguna to Lake Morena County Park, 22 miles
To me, there’s no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first. – Janean Garofalo It’s quasi…Read
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