It begins.

I have a confession:

I started dreaming about my next adventure on the climb down from Katahdin.  

Yes…  I am hopelessly addicted.

I’m addicted to fresh air, falling asleep under the stars, and getting miles on my feet. More than anything, I am addicted to the constantly changing horizon.


It’s a beautiful addiction.

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Less than a week after completing my thru-hike, I attended the ALDHA gathering in Pennsylvania.   All weekend, I was approached by people who wanted to congratulate me on my thru-hike and welcome me to the family.

And they almost always asked: “Now what?”

Ugh! … the dreaded question!  I cringed and gave some vague answers.  But, secretly, I was already planning my next hike.  I had a copy of the Florida Trail Guide hidden in my bag:




It’s not a secret anymore.

 The Florida Trail –  January 2014 – My next adventure.




The Florida Trail is the complete opposite of the Appalachian Trail.  About 5-10 hikers complete a thru-hike of the Florida Trail each year, compared to 600+ on the Appalachian Trail.  The Florida Trail has more road-walking, more alligators, fewer people, and no mountains.

But, for a girl who loves sunshine, adventure, and a pack on her shoulders, it will be paradise.

I don’t want to be sixty years old, driving down a highway in an RV, rushing to see the world before my time runs out.  Why not take life for everything it has to offer… now?  Tomorrow is never guaranteed.  Fill your life with photographs, memories, and experiences before it’s too late.  Push the boundaries.


I was told that long-distance hiking was distracting me from the real world.

How do you explain……?  


It is the real world.






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My New Katahdin:  Northern Terminus, Florida National Scenic Trail:



Thank You for all your support!

Things will be a little quiet here.  I’m flying overseas to visit family and then spending some time on the east coast.

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16 thoughts on “It begins.

  1. Oh Rayana, I know it didn’t reach the heights that you have attained, but my heart soars with pride that you have been so darn successful in your search for the “Real World” and your firm determination to stay the course in that search. I wish for you the same determination and grit that you showed us all during your thru-hike, on your new adventure.

    I have two really wonderful FT items I would like to share with you. I think perhaps the address I have for you in Chicago is not longer a valid one. Please contact me when you get back from Europe with a valid address and I will send them to you.

  2. I did not mean to say Europe, but “overseas”…

  3. Angie

    Sounds like a plan!
    Have a safe trip and I look forward to following your next adventure!


  4. Justin

    Looking forward to following along!

  5. Bekeeper

    Go for all the Gusto now, don’t listen to naysayers, they don’t contribute to anything positive. Have enjoyed following you, can’t wait to see where you fly the little kite next. Take care

  6. Great to hear, it will definitely be a different experience than the AT. I am an FTA member in the Panhandle Region, near Tallahassee. If you need anything when your in that section let me know and I will try to help you out. Thanks, –louis

  7. Look forward to it! Have fun overseas and in the East.

  8. Enjoy your next adventure!!! 😀

  9. Nice! I’m up near Fort Pickens and the Air Force bases, so let me know if you need anything!

  10. Daniel Cyr

    Hi Acorn,

    have you ever thought about the IAT? It goes from Katadhin to Gaspé (Québec). I’ve done some sections and it is pretty amazing.

  11. That is an AWESOME attitude. I wish I would have had the courage to do the things you are doing now at that age. Have a blast while you are young, getting old & having more responsibilities will hinder you adventures….

  12. Just shows you can’t keep an avid hiker in place! Best of luck as you explore the Florida Trail!

  13. Russ Aulds

    Acorn will you marry me?

  14. Sweet! 🙂 Sandra just posted your blog. 🙂 I’m excited for more FT hikers!

    AT ’10, FT ’11

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