Finding our way

It’s been months and months since I last posted here. They have been hard months, but I guess there’s that whole “if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger” piece and, well, I am still here.

Life is all about transitions right now. Spring is here and the days are getting longer and I have started hiking again, which is a very good thing.

I was hoping to hike the whole Appalachian Trail this summer but it’s impossible to pick up and leave when you have 4 cats and a spare dog. (I was planning to take Steve.)

Maybe next year, though it’s awfully hard to feel optimistic.

Anyway, my optimism did supply me with the equipment for a night or two in the woods, so Hambone, Steve, and I wandered off into the woods several weeks ago for our first overnight.

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I am still trying to figure out where everything goes in my pack! There is a lot of stuff and not much space! Plus now I have a dog sleeping bag hooked on the outside as well because Ham is a sissy.

But it was wonderful. I failed at fire-making 101, but otherwise everything went well. I love my little tent.

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I haven’t been able to schedule another overnight, but I have been obsessing over my guidebook trying to figure something out.

We’ve also been doing a lot of day hikes, both on the Appalachian Trail and off. Lots of state gamelands and a couple of state parks. We hiked 28 miles in one week. Pretty awesome.

It feels good to be outside. It feels good to use my body, to sweat, to sit on the rocks looking out on an amazing view and have a snack.

Is this real life?

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4 Responses to Finding our way

  1. Debbie says:

    Glad to see you post! Enjoy being outdoors. :). Deb

  2. Ani says:

    Thank you for taking the time and care to post. I feel lucky to have a glimpse into your world and your journey, and you are so generous for sharing it with us. I’ve read your blog for years, but rarely post a comment.

    Be kind and gentle to yourself, just like you are kind and gentle with your animals. Depression is an exhausting, many-headed beast and it takes a lot of courage to live with it. Please know that there are many of us out here, silently rooting for you.

  3. Ruthie says:

    So good to hear from you:-)

    Sounds like real life to me, and the process of camping and finding places to put stuff sounds about right, too. I think camping with dogs would be wonderful – never done that. Maybe one day.

    Good for you:-)

    Happy Spring!
    Ruthie

  4. Amanda says:

    Staying positive is the best thing you can do for yourself! Pick up that hiking gear and rock those trails, hills, and ups and downs of life! :) Great pictures and looks like the pups had an awesome time as well!
    Keep up the great posts!
    Amanda

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