Trail Journals Give Me Hope

I have had a lot of time on my hands lately spending it sitting on my rear end resting this ankle. While doing this I have started reading trail journals from long distance hikers doing mostly the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail. Since this is a dream of mine I thought it would be interesting to see what they all experience while on this journey of a lifetime. After reading many journals I am happy to say, I still have hope to fulfill this dream.

As you know, hiking brings me great pleasure and mountains bring me pure happiness. I have no idea where my love of elevation came from but the higher the elevation the happier I am.


When my doctor called with a torn tendon diagnosis in my ankle I felt my dreams come crashing down that mountain. Although, I find that many, many hikers have the same aches and pains as I have been experiencing and they are still out there doing what they love. So many have talked about getting cortisone injections before leaving for their journeys, eating pain killers like they are skittles, or even just simply pushing through the pain to reach their destinations. Which is why I feel there is still hope for me. So far I have not resorted to anything more than Vitamin I (Ibuprofen) and an ankle brace.

For now, I am trying to keep my head held high, pray this first treatment plan works, continue doing the therapy that was suggested for my healthy ankle, and try my best not to step on the scale and see how sitting around for this month has effected my body. I can only imagine what my first workout will be like when I am back to being able to exercise again.




Just Struggling….

Reviews, reviews, reviews…..I have literally read hundreds in the past two weeks. The hardest part is that it is someone’s opinion. Not a fact, not a lie, just an opinion. HELP!!!

Let me explain a bit. I have been struggling to plan a winter vacation for my husband and I. We are going somewhere sunny and warm in the middle of winter. I could not be happier….but we plan to hike while on vacation and that is where the issue is. I have read what many, many others have said about the area we plan to hike. Some say don’t try it without a guide. Some say it’s easy and a great place to hike. There is no middle of the line. Some say the hike has literally exhausted them for the rest of the day and some say it was an easy hike and very enjoyable. Again, no middle of the line.

Which leaves me with the big question. Hire a guide or don’t hire a guide? I did talk with a few guides and they all asked very specific questions like, where do we usually hike, do we have any elevation, how far are our typical hikes, and so on.  When I answered them and also added that we hiked Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park  one year ago, which was our biggest elevation ever, they all said the same exact thing. “OH, that is extreme, you will have no problem then.” Which I kind of knew but the reviews all say that the trails we have in mind can be very hard to follow and are not well marked. (Let me remind you, we were guided in Zion National Park) I am not concerned about mileage or elevation. I am concerned about getting lost in the desert!!!

So I sit waiting for another guide to email or call me back and hopefully get more in depth information on whether they think we can handle this one on our own or not….more to come when I finally figure this out.

What would you do?