Cohos Trail Day 13, Deer Mountain Campground to Canada

Spoon had arrived shortly after I’d gone to bed but I couldn’t hear it over the neighbors.  I got out of my tent this morning to find him already making wonderful breakfast sandwiches for us.  It was actually an appropriately cold morning for the time of year so hot breakfast was extra awesome. We took… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 12, Neil Tillotson Hut to Deer Mountain Campground

It was actually slightly chilly this morning, the first time on this whole trip.  I hated to leave Tillotson but it felt good to start hiking. We reached Route 3 in short order and crossed over it to the Bog Bridge Trail, named for the 800′ bog bridge there that is believed to be the… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 11, Lake Francis to Neil Tillotson Hut

It was a beautiful morning on the lake.  After eating breakfast and packing up, we walked back down to the little trail we’d found to the beach and took it back to the Lake Francis Trail.  It was an easy, wide trail, only overgrown sometimes, and we made great time to the top of Lake… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 10, Coleman State Park to Lake Francis

I slept wonderfully and woke up to read for a little bit in the early morning.  I could hear the loons on the pond again all morning. After eating breakfast, I went up to the bathhouse to see if any of my laundered clothes were dry.  Some of them were dry-ish but luckily there was… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 9, Baldhead Lean-to to Coleman State Park

It was so warm in the night that I got up to pee just as an excuse to get out of my sleeping bag and stand in the woods for ten minutes.  A mist blew in during the morning that made things feel cooler just because they were damp, and the trees were even dripping… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 8, Nash Stream to Baldhead Lean-to

We had to go back over the bridge this morning and we could see the hornets still flying around their side of it.  Although very paranoid, we went very slowly one at a time and no one got stung this time.  I was happy to be past it.  The stings were swelling even more today… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 7, Stark to Nash Stream

We all met on the porch in the morning to sort laundry and repack while Nancy was making breakfast.  And a delicious breakfast it was with scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, orange juice, potatoes, and sausage bread.  Nancy was an excellent cook and hostess and we really enjoyed our time at the inn.  She’s also very… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 6, Cabot Cabin to Stark

I woke up for a while in the night because it was so warm, even though a mist was coming in and soaking the half of my sleeping bag facing towards the outside of the porch.  I caught a few good glimpses of stars despite the mist. When it was morning, we packed up to… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 5, Jefferson to Cabot Cabin

It was another warm night and I was awoken in the middle of it by Chuckles whisper-yelling at an animal.  Apparently, a skunk was walking around and had walked right over Kyle in his bivy sack. I woke again later in the morning and we all had a leisurely breakfast before going back to the… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 4, Mount Martha to Jefferson

We had briefly discussed yesterday that the sunrise would probably be great from Mount Martha but I’m never very good at getting up that early.  Luckily, I was already awake and reading when I heard someone else whisper “Sunrise!” so I got out of my tent to join the viewing party.  It was a pretty… Read more »

  • Book Review: Wild

    About one woman’s hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, this book came to my attention because it’s actually popular. Most trail books are not bestsellers so I was intrigued. I found it to be more about the author’s life than her hike. The only information I really gleaned from it related to hiking is more… Read more »

  • Book Review: The Barefoot Sisters Walking Home

    More great writing and trail stories from the Barefoot Sisters! They make it easy for the reader to envision what’s going on so that you really get pulled into the story and attached to them and their trail friends. My only complaint is that Walking Home is definitely not a standalone book, more a continuation… Read more »

  • Book Review: On the Beaten Path

    I found this book by Robert Alden Rubin to be a little different from the previous memoirs I’ve read. Although he obviously spent a lot of time discussing his life on the trail, he also largely focused on the conflicting pulls he felt between trail and home life. He felt guilt at quitting his job… Read more »

  • Sonoma hiking

    I spent Memorial Day weekend in Sonoma County, CA, with my cousin Sarah and we got in a few great hikes. On Sunday we went to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and climbed to the top of Mount St. Helena. It was about a ten mile hike, five out and five back. We started on… Read more »

  • Book Review: Appalachian Trials

    I really enjoyed this quick read by Zach Davis, AKA the Good Badger. Like the author, I too was surprised to not see any books on the psychological aspects of an undertaking such as the AT. While hiker memoirs cover it as a personal aspect of their whole story, it’s not the focus of those… Read more »

  • Book Review: The Art of Travel

    This book by Alain de Botton is basically a series of essays on different aspects of travel: Departure, Motives, Landscape, Art, and Return. He uses his own travel experiences as well as the travel experiences of historical figures (through journals, letters, and artwork) to illustrate his points. I personally do a lot of traveling, both… Read more »

  • Book Review: The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

    I love The Complete Walker IV, which I read years ago, and I feel like Andrew Skurka‘s new book is a great update to that. It’s much shorter because he focuses on the best options for gear and does not necessarily spend too much time on the others. While he is a proponent of lightweight… Read more »

  • Physical preparations update

    I’ve been traveling so much for work lately that I haven’t been keeping up with the physical preparations needed for a thru-hike. Since I postponed the hike, I saw that as an opportunity to really get in shape since I’ve been pretty lazy up until now. To that end, I signed up for a couple… Read more »

  • Film Review: The Way

    I had tried to see The Way when it was in theaters and missed it so I was excited to finally watch it now. This movie is about a different trail, El Camino de Santiago, but it was mainly about the reasons people were on the trail, which I think is universal to any long… Read more »