I am an elementary teacher, backpacker, gear lover, learner, climber, Christian, mountain biker, runner, hiker, wife, mother, grandmother, trip planner, photographer, and researcher. Year-round I love to backpack, climb, and day hike.
A couple of years ago I got the inspiration to start section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from a lone hiker north of Muir Pass on the John Muir Trail. The lady was resting on a rock and I stopped to talk with her a bit. She told me she was a retired stewardess from Chicago and had been solo hiking sections of the PCT for a few years, with the goal to complete the entire 2600 mile trail. She even said that her family often joked that if she died before she completed the trail, they would have to carry her ashes to finish. In this small moment, this “lady on a rock” gave me the courage and inspiration that I could do it. I could hike solo and the dream of section hiking the PCT was planted. Read about it HERE. Thank you Lady on a Rock, namesake of this blog!
Summer of 2010, I thru-hiked 550 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail from Tehachapi to Whitney Portal and Sonora Pass to Buck’s Summit (south of Belden, CA). Summer of 2011, I tackled the snowy Sierras in June just for the experience, then hiked from Castle Crags Wilderness to Crater Lake, Oregon. This year I walked the PCT from the Mexican border to Tehachapi and from Buck’s Summit in Northern California to Castle Crags. To summarize, I have finished 1830.4 miles spanning from the Mexican border to Crater Lake, Oregon and have 833.1 miles to go!
Summer of 2013, I had an epic adventure completing a large chunk of the Continental Divide Trail, 1200 miles from Wolf Creek Pass in southern Colorado to Old Faithful, Wyoming in Yellowstone National Park. To view my gear list and my online trail journal, check out the page Continental Divide Trail 2013.
In 2014 I will be hiking across Scotland participating in The Great Outdoors Challenge in May. I also hope to finish the Pacific Crest Trail hiking through Oregon and Washington starting the beginning of July (snow permitting). I am looking forward to new experiences and challenges that 2014 will bring.
It is a great pleasure to share the love of the wild with kids. My hope is that along the way, our youth just might plan for their own safe adventure in the outdoors.
If you have any questions or I can help in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact me by filling out the form below. I would especially like to hear from those of you wanting to start your own tHInK outsidE program.