Meditation on the Trail

For years I’ve been drawn to the idea of meditation, but I’ve never felt the urge to sit still and purposefully meditate. I mean, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?  Sit while focusing and training your mind towards a mentally and emotionally clear and calm state? We all have our unique styles, and it […]

Healthy Mind and Body, Hiking

Gold Medal Mindset

Appalachian Trail thru-hiking should be an Olympic sport, and everyone who completes it should receive a gold medal.Every single thru-hiker. Without exception.These icons should be honored with parades and parties and eventually be the most coveted candidates for the world’s most lucrative jobs. Even a one-day hike on the AT is grueling. Some sections are […]

Goal Setting, Hiking

Take The Stairs

Yesterday was one brutal hike for me.  The humidity was high, and if my glutes didn’t feel like rubber bands from climbing, my knees and quads were burning from the descent. In six hours, we covered over 12 miles. My feet hurt, I was hot, and lord, was I beat. We arrived at the parking […]

Hiking, Mindset

Trail Magic

Trail Magic is like fairy dust. One tiny sprinkle travels quite a distance. Just what is this “trail magic” stuff anyway? The Appalachian Trail Conservancy says: The term “trail magic” was coined by long-distance hikers to describe an unexpected occurrence that lifts a hiker’s spirits and inspires awe or gratitude. “Trail magic” may be as simple […]

Hiking, Mindset
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