Wow– it has been 2 years since I last blogged!
Honestly, I spent the last 2 years working a lot (yuck). Everyday, I would wake up before the sun, put on my blue scrubs, and go to the hospital. I tried to be normal. I stopped carrying toilet paper in my pocket. I made some wise investments, flipped a house and saved my pennies. And everyday, I would miss the trail. Everyday, I would dream about my next adventure. I constantly looked at Estero’s triple crown plaque over the fireplace and wondered “When will it be my turn?”
I did shorter trails in my spare time and climbed 14ers. I hiked the Colorado Trail (Durango to Denver) in 2015, and earlier this year, I hiked the Wonderland Trail around Mt Rainier. In those brief periods of time, I felt alive again.
During this time, things at work were changing for the worse. A merger contract was signed which would move my job to another location. Worst of all, this new location would be ridiculously understaffed. I was asked to resubmit my resume, interview, and fight my coworkers for the job. Umm… What? Why did I want to fight for a job that would make me miserable? Hives started to break out all over my stomach from the increased stress.
….You know exactly where this is going.
I am free again. And dammit, I’m going hiking. Estero is a wonderful partner, and so supportive of my crazy dreams, even if he can’t drop everything and hike with me again (I wish he could!).
I will be kicking off 2017 with a short ~150 mile hike in California: San Diego Trans-County Trail.
Every year, 15-20 people hike this trail together in January. I’m so excited to experience the southern California desert again, and be among “my people”. And yes, we all jump in the Ocean at the end. 🙂
And, I am praying for a low snow year, because these trails are both high on my list:
I am very eager to see where 2017 will lead me. And hopefully, I can find a less stressful career when I finish. (Maybe a traveling Microbiologist?)
It’s late now, but maybe this week, I’ll finally upload my Colorado Trail and Wonderland Trail photos. I have so much to show you.
It feels good to be back.
Love Always, Acorn