About Me

Hello! I’m Not a Chance, a 33 year old housekeeper who loves to hike and lives in Death Valley! Welcome to my blog As The Trail Turns; short stories from hiking long distances.

I started on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2009 and since then I’ve hiked around 15,000 miles; most of those miles I got from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail almost four times! Why? Because it was fun and I don’t know.

Since 2014 I ventured off the beaten path and fell in love with Brett Tucker’s lesser known gritty desert routes in Arizona and New Mexico.

I have also hiked in New Zealand, Canada, the Canary Islands, and Wales.

I have hiked with others and alone.

Some of my favorite hikes include the Grand Enchantment Trail, the Northern New Mexico Loop, the Sky Islands Traverse,the Lowest to Highest Route, and the Great Divide Trail.

When I’m not hiking I’m working some low wage or seasonal job to fund hikes, riding my bike getting high listening to Jessie Mae Hemphill, spending time with my smart beautiful boyfriend who plays like Leo Kottke and Son House, trail running, day hiking, being a loner, dancing, karaoke, and when ideas flow, writing. Some of my favorite writers are Marge Piercy, Kathy Acker, Kerouac, Kesey, Bukowski, Corso, Whitman, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

Thanks for visiting 🙏🏽


23 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi NotaChance. I think you might be the PCT hiker who I asked in the Stellar Brew coffee house in Mammoth if you guys wanted a ride to Red’s Meadow. Ended up giving Tiny a ride, he was great to talk to. Anyway, your writing is so alive and strong (“twisted my head on”!) and I wanted to say thank you for your journals.

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  2. Ahh, I’m so stoked you’re going to be a ridge runner in my backyard (Kent/Salisbury, CT) !! I usually do magic all summer on rte. 341 in Kent and trail run most of your ridge runner section! This summer I’ll be thru hiking the SHR and Colorado Trail soo I may not get to actually meet you (?!?..I leave mid June) but I feel at ease knowing a fellow kick ass PCT hiker will be taking great care of my home and AT class of 2015 for me!! Thanks NotAChance! P.S. there’s kick ass sandwiches at the Deli in Salisbury.
    -Dora The Explorer


    1. Hey Dora! I’ll be in your area around mid-May, so maybe I’ll see you? Thanks for the kind words 🌞 I’ve never hiked the trails you’re doing so it’ll be fun following along! Have a kick ass summer!


  3. NotAChance, you are a remarkable adventurer and writer with incredible perception, living life the way it should be. I’ve enjoyed following your blog and am inspired everyday to wander…to follow my heart like you have. Thank you for your inspiration and sharing this incredible life you have! Happy Trails always!
    Mike Jurasius


  4. I thought you didn’t like talking about yourself! LOL. I met you in CT this summer. Destroy scouts EVERYWHERE. Stumbled upon your blog here and was like “I think I met that girl…” Cool to read about your adventures. I need to go hike a real trail soon.



  5. I’ve pretty much just read your entire blog. I’m a migrant worker, an awful sailor but drawn toward the sea, and about to embark on my first long distance bike tour by myself, on a single speed. I admire your ability to consistently keep your journal and how you turn the everyday into exciting prose. Well, I guess everyday is exciting when you are an outdoor adventurer. I can’t decide between land and sea, and wonder how many lifetimes can I live just in just this one? Can I be a thru-hiker, too?! I hope so. I’m 26, and kind of a late bloomer as far as adventure travel goes, but better late than never, right?! Your blog gives me hope and also a little bit of anxiety 😉 Keep on keeping on!

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  6. Amanda,

    LOVED your interview with John Z on his Routes podcast!!! The energy in that discussion was hilarious….. I actually laughed out loud several times!

    Looking forward to following your blog and videos. Hope you regularly talk with John Z in future podcasts!

    Best Wishes!


  7. I am looking for recommendations for somewhere cheap to fly to from WI where I can hike solo (female) in August and would really like to not be tempted by towns, bars, nightlife, busy campgrounds…I’d like to connect to nature, beauty, myself… would of course love to see majestic beauty, but sometimes that can be found in the smallest places. I have two weeks to hike, don’t want to stay in hotels, would like to stay trailside or primitive camps. Would love your (or your fans) suggestions on a safe, beautiful, quiet’ish trail/route for a first time solo female hike. Thanks!


    1. Hi Ann! Have you considered a section of the Pacific Crest Trail? Or perhaps Glacier National Park in Montana? Washington along the Pacific Crest Trail is heavenly in August! Or you could follow a section of the Pacific Northwest Trail through Montana. Both those trails have websites with access to maps.


      1. Thank you! I was considering GNP from Lake McDonald taking one route to Waterton Lake, get transportation to Banff & hole there for awhile, catch transportation back to Waterton & take another route back to Lake McDonald. But…people are freaking me out about the bears being so horrible.


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