I am thrilled to have been a guest on the podcast, Hiking Thru Life. Sarah and her husband, Andy, have a great podcast and website dedicated to hiking and the outdoors. Born and raised in Minnesota, this couple provides a lot of resources and inspiration for their readers and listeners. The website describes their mission as, “Hiking Thru Life aims to inspire people from all walks of life to live a more meaningful life.”
When I first started traveling, several of my friends and family told me that they thought I’d meet someone on my travels. I must admit, I’ve hoped for the same thing. It’s tricky, though. I feel like I have a better chance of meeting someone compatible with me, maybe a fellow traveler on the road, than I would if I were settled in one city. However, I don’t want to be so distracted with someone that I give up my dreams, travels, and passions. I need someone who will encourage me in my pursuits, just as I encourage them.
Our group tour hiked through the jungles in the northern Thailand with some incredible views! Then we stayed at a local family’s house. It was definitely some rough conditions. Sleeping in the same room with 15 people, on a thin mattress, and roasters crowing made it a restless night.
On the first day of the REI Adventures tour in Thailand, we visited a temple and night market. By day two, we were zip lining and hiking. I was terrified of the conditions while zip lining and found out that two months later, a Canadian man fell to his death on those lines.
Throughout her wild 3-week journey backpacking 220+ miles in the California Sierra Mountains, Christy encountered freezing temperatures, pelting hail storms, and losing her way, but found trail family, incredible views, and experiences that would change her life forever. Hiking up and over ten different mountain passes gave Christy a lot of time to think about why her nine-year marriage was falling apart, gave her the chance to truly embody her individualism, time to make new friends, and the strength she would need on and off the trail. Her life could never again be the same.
This is one woman’s account of the three weeks she spent on the iconic trail.
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