“those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life..” rachel carlson


A new journey is about to begin for me. Truly though, every moment in time- can be the beginnings of something new. The planning of this embarkment on the Arizona Trail came quite quickly. The truth is, I was falling in love. Falling in love with a beautiful man I met on my ten thousand mile journey and series of wrong turns last summer. The timing we realized was off for this relationship to bloom. So I gravitated to that place where I can become whole again. For it is in nature that I see my place in the bigger picture. Being a student of the natural world I embrace her teachings. I can cry out here, and know my tears have value as they nourish the earth. Out there, I feel the grace of the higher spiritual realms…I feel accepted with no judgement.DSC04379
In nature I feel more and need so much less. The solitude helps me declutter the craziness that my mind has created. As my dear friend JK pronounced..”this trail is only as scary as your mind makes it out to be .”
Our mind. Our biggest enemy. I hope to embrace it.I feel such peace in the solitude that can be found as I immerse myself in the natural world. I hear and see with deeper clarity. I can rejoice in all thats been, and all that will be…without any regret.IMG_5780
I begin to walk April 6. The same day I believe I started the PCT last year. The trail begins at the Arizona/Mexico border and winds its way through the desert and mountains of Arizona, until it reaches 800 miles later, the Arizona/Utah border. I had originally planned on hiking with others. In the past few days however, I realized I need to start solo. To allow strength to arise has become paramount for me.
It will be a difficult journey in that it will be hot. Very Hot. Water may be scarce. I will have the capacity to carry 6-8 liters of water, weighing in at 2 pounds per liter. I embrace the challenge. My body isn’t 100 percent. But as I was reminded many years ago in Mexico, by an elderly lady, “life isn’t always 100 percent .” I will listen to my body. I have become proficient at it.
My plan is to be more flexible on this trail than others. I will only send out 1 resupply box. I will go with the flow that the trail provides. Stopping when I need, not when I have to. Any words of encouragement or support along the way will be greatly appreciated, as it always is.
I believe that all the joy, the pain..the happiness, the sorrow… and the many loves all contribute to the beautiful tapestry that is woven as our life meanders on.
As Helen Keller poignantly stated..” life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
I walk on…with so very much love….IMG_3454

4 thoughts on ““those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life..” rachel carlson

  1. Joyce Miller

    I’m so proud of you. You can make it whether you are solo or with others. I look forward to to your posts once you get on the trail. Hugs from Ghost Angel

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