Acorn is back.

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



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10 thoughts on “Acorn is back.

  1. Chuck McCoy

    Good luck 🍀 I will be looking for your posts about your adventures with eager delight!

  2. Perry

    Follow YOUR trail, Acorn!!!

  3. Russ

    Sounds like you might have found the true meaning of “hike your own hike”! Welcome back Acorn. It’s been a long two years and a whole year since I finished my own AT thru hike!
    You are definitely an inspiration!!

  4. Susan

    So great to see that you’re still at it. Your PCT blog was one of the first ones I ran across when my novice ass was looking for gear info and advice from a female perspective. I ended up hiking 500miles of the PCT this past summer and credit you for making it look fun (the kite comes to mind here) and doable! Happy Trails Woman! And no worries about the heinous work situation you’re dealing with. It’ll keep that fire lit within you to keep dreaming and plotting that next outdoor adventure and the funds to do it!! Take Care and get posting!!

  5. jillwood321

    Glad to hear you are back on the trail again. I look forward to hearing all about it. Have a safe/fun journey. 🙂

  6. David Maltby

    How terrific! I am so happy that you posted to your old blog rather than start a new one. I look forward to hearing about you time on the Wonderland Trail. It is on my bucket list but I hear that it is difficult to get permits. I met you on the AT in GA many years ago now. I just bagged my own job, let’s call it early retirement, and am considering an AT2017 thru-hike. Give me some inspiration.

  7. Rich Wages

    sounds like you have your priorities right, that takes courage a lot of us don’t have. Live the dream.

  8. Angie

    Welcome Back!
    Wondered from time to time if all was well with you. Not surprised your back “Home” 😉


  9. I am an RN, who has done amazing things in nursing, and travel a lot, and loved so, so many patients! But nursing had become something different than just giving fantastic care. My journey as a nurse had to come to an end, and my heart is loving my new journey of total submersion in hiking, dogs, and adventuring.

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