good things are happening

Dear Readers,

As you know I had an epic yet heart wrenching time in New Zealand. After finishing the Te Araroa, I had planned to stay and work in New Zealand, but in my heart I knew I had to come back to the States. I flew from Christchurch to Cleveland, Ohio and stayed with my Mom for a couple weeks to decompress. While there I applied online for a job as a Ridge Runner for the Appalachian Mountain Club and they just let me know today that I got the position! They’re going to pay me to hike and talk to folks about Leave No Trace! I think it’s time for me to give back to the trails in some way, I’ve been using them the last six years to feed my wanderlust.

But this position doesn’t start until May 16th, so what the heck am I going to do with myself? Welp, I figured I could fit in a hike before the job starts, something that would last a little over a month. I came across The Grand Enchantment Trail, a 770+ mile route from Phoenix, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico developed by a guy named Brett Tucker. Brett also created the Lowest to Highest Route; a desert to mountain route I hiked last October with Carrot Quinn and Orbit.

Somebody crack that whip, it’s time to GET OUTSIDE. More to come…

Grand Enchantment Trail
Grand Enchantment Trail
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17 thoughts on “good things are happening”

  1. Great job! And the GET will be a great trail for you. Good to see Brett Tucker’s name and kudos to you for giving him recognition. Kick ass out there! XO

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  2. Wow, that is the perfect job for you! I can see why they picked you. They’d have to be brain dead not to. I also got a kick out of hearing that you’d spend the interim time doing, of all things, hiking!

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  3. Good for you, chance. I admire your spunk & willingness to give back and not just freeload. Good luck on the shorter trail, and I hope you see some of the cool things like Sheriff Woody is seeing. You’ve got my respect,S

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  4. The first two people on the AT to use trailnames that they had chosen themselves were from CT. They were two women who went by the Lakota Sioux translations of ‘Bear’ and ‘Little Mountain’. I can’t remember how to pronounce or spell the trailnames as they used them, but they thru-hiked in 1972. They were probably the first ‘non-famous’ hikers to use trailnames (as opposed to ‘The Judge’, ‘Crazy One’, and ‘Grandma’), since all the rest of us just went by our first names. I heard later that they had completed the Trail that year, although they aren’t included in the ATC roster.

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