After enjoying a beautiful sunny zero day, it was time to get going. The sun disappeared and the gray haze of rain clouds covered the skies. I wouldn’t see the sun for many days. It was Halloween and I trudged through the drizzle as it rained off and on all day. I hiked five miles and found a good camp by a creek to celebrate the holiday by staying dry and well… Read More

I was staying at a friend’s house for a few days before I left for the Ozark Highlands Trail for final preparations. I had been slowly gathering supplies when I could and had double and triple checked to be sure. Most of my equipment was ancient and second hand, but still functional, and that’s all I cared about. If you are thinking about thru-hiking for the first time, get advice from multiple… Read More

The Journey Begins I was living in an art community, working on two novels, painting, creating, and enjoying life. Then my car went into the shop. The art community was over an hour away from my work as a dental technician. I had been commuting for years. I made enough to pay the bills and used the rest of my time to work on various projects. I learned early in life, from… Read More