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…