Walking Begins

June 3, 2016

Despite the failure of my automated blogpost to email setup, I adhered to our departure schedule this morning! One thought I had was that energetically, it was important for me to get the walking underway and not get delated by the uncooperative mystery. That the url for my website feed to fail made no sense! I had no response to it, so just succumb! Maybe tomorrow it will work!

Still, it was a challenge to let it go, the week’s work basically negated, with no known cause.

But, generously, Ken drove us to Rockfish Gap. It was strange passing by the entire Tye River section, although I certainly have walked it enough times to feel satisfied – for now anyway.

We got on the trail a little after 10. I didn’t feel inclined to socialize with the thruhikers or talk about my hike. I did though.

Ah! Walking felt good though! The humidity and heat are so different from the desert! The greenness overwhelming, but familiar  too!

We made good time all day. I reviewed Meet the Mountains technique, even on the relatively gentle climbs.

We recited The Cremation of Sam McGee – twice! We had memorized it on our 2007 thruhike between Palmerton, PA and Delaware Water Gap. Amazing how it comes back!

3:30, rain began and we walked with umbrellas til 4:30. The sun came out again and we decided to stop for the day at a flat wooded mountaintop. Nice and early for a momentous first day of getting on the trail.

Camping feels like home to me. Quinoa and chicken dinner delicious.

Several responses came to my “I’d really like to know how my walking can help you” email! I love two-way conversations! I’ll incorporate the requests and ideas as I walk!

My Nonsenses Immersion at camp after dinner – two hours before dark! – felt enriching and connecting me to the continuum of days since April 12 when I started the practice. Even in the woods, the rainbow of color awakens a sense of wholeness. Oh, and there were “rainbow drops” glinting in the trees as the sun shone through the canopy and lit up the raindrops hanging from the leaves.

First day on the trail complete. Contentment washes me.


In joy

Frustrated to Confident


June 1, 2016
Today was a transition day from feeling frustrated with the technical challenge of setting up an RSS feed of my blog to my subscribers and Facebook page to feeling confident that it can actually work!  Thanks for reading!
The second accomplishment of the day was to pack our backpacks! I’m happy to say that my pack, with a liter of water and 4 days of food weighs  in at 20 -22 lbs.

Now, before you gape with too much amazement, I will remind you that one of the favorite qualities of my heartsinging walk is that I have a hiking partner who shares gear with me! That means that I don’t have to carry everything I use!!

I’ll try for a gear list:
Pack – Gregory Jade 60 with no “brain”
Sleeping bag – Western Mtneering 30 degree down bag
Thermarest prolite 3
Silnylon poncho/groundcloth
2 qt pot w lid
1 pint lidded bowl
Platypus water bladder (no hose)
1-liter Smartwater bottle
Thermal shirt
Leightweight polyester Long pants
Extra socks (mitts)
Powershield jacket (insulation/rain)
Fleece hat
Sun hat
Trekking poles
30 ft cord for bearbag hanging

Phone + 5 extra batteries + charger
Pocket knife (7-tool swiss army with the plastic cover missing)
3 colored pencils, 2 pens
2 small pcs watercolor paper
Small paintbrush
Dental floss
15 ml peppermint oil
Credit cards, i.d., thumbdrive
Small notebook

John is carrying the shared tarp and net, sleeping bag coupler, canister stove, fuel canister.

I love my gear!

In joy,

Maildrop Project

My HeartSinging Journey has begun!

I’ve set up my email service to send you my blogposts every few days. Enjoy! Be sure to reply to your email with questions, comments, or requests for what you want to read about.  I’ll do my best to respond.


June 1, 2016
We’re sending five maildrops containing foods that I like and can’t buy. Some, like our homemade  hummus, sweet potatoes, and pineapple that really are not available in stores.

This food is not meant to be our total resupply. We will supplement this with other food from stores and restaurants. John picked places at 70-mile intervals, which is 4-5 days apart.

Other items include:
Chicken (hard to find)
Maple syrup
Olive oil
Dehydrated spaghetti sauce
Hemp seeds
Tea, green herbs, salt
Watercolor paper  (for my daily painting. I’ll tear it into smaller sheets)

The boxes each weighed 12-14 lbs.

We packed up the boxes using USPS Large Flat Rate boxes. On the boxes we wrote on all sides our names and ETA. We also taped a distinguishing mark -a little watercolor painting! – on each box. The Montebello P.O. enjoys our business!


In joy,


I am grateful to John for his consistent support for my endeavor. “You’re trying to live your expression and that’s a challenge sometimes. You want to be close to people.”

It’s always weird to sign “in joy” when I’m feeling tense and frustrated. Is this part of joy? Perhaps.

In joy,

New Way




May 31, 2016
Today, I’m testing out a new way to send updates from the trail. I’m experimenting with integrating my blog with my MailChimp service.

There’s a lot to talk about,  especially in the realm of energy shifting! When I get scared, like I am now trying out something new, I feel bad! My head hurts, I want to sleep, and feel nauseous too!

“Run away! Stop! Take a break!” says my fear.

“Keep taking steps! You’ll be ok!” says my courage.

Here goes!


Moving On


May 28, 2016
I guess “S” for “Sebastian” is what the feeling of movement made! John and I left the baby grandson in Charleston, SC late this morning – after just one more hour of babysitting so my son could mow the lawn. Mom was at “an appointment” that was revealed on FB as a hair salon visit. I love how they are being generous to themselves!!

As usual, my three-day visit gave me daily opportunities to have feelings and judgements bubble up, more chances to notice those beliefs and Old Stories that let me me separate from others.

After ten years of using the tools of Radical Forgiveness I can actually notice the feelings and judgements – and love myself for having them!  Yahoo!

I can now love myself for parenting MY way of doing the mothering myself, excluding my husband and other potential caretakers by doing 100% of the nursing, homemaking, and infant care. I can now love myself for being “right” about my way and then blaming my ex for being distant from the boys. I thank him for doing this healing dance with and for me!

I honor my children for choosing their own way of shared parenting and community-building so they can continue their own work while raising a wonderful child.

And now, I move on! I move on to express myself as a walking radical forgiveness coach!

I step joyfully and diligently into my job as host of HeartSinging Walk Community! Creating a space for courageous heartsingers  to design radiantly fulfilling walks of the Appalachian Trail.

Join me at Forgivenesswalks!

In joy,



May 24, 2016
I’m driving through Atlanta, Georgia, thinking, “Wow! This feels so familiar, yet has just a tiny twinge of longing to be home here. I HAVE  a home, and it’s now in the California desert, not here in Dekalb County as it was for twelve years. That was my past!”

Nonsenory Immersion feels grounding, expanding, acceptable, yes, and even essential as a part of my consistent message. Today, there’s no question of whether I would do this exercise. It is a welcome moment in my day!

So I continue the journey!

Do you have a habit or practice that energizes, balances, and uplifts your being? I want to hear about it!!! Please comment here!

HeartSinging Walk Community is a space where courageous heartsingers share and support each other in creating radiantly fulfilling walks on the Appalachian Trail. Join us!

In joy,

Mississippi River Delta


May 23, 2016
This Nonsenses Immersion emerged over the miles between Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and beyond New Orleans.

Another city goes by without stopping to visit a friend. This time its Carla, an Appalachian Trail friend and coaching colleague. A hello text message suffices for this time. My life certainly has provided me with lots of friends! 

Color flows onto the paper between looks at the luminous NOLA. I reflect on Hurricane Katrina, the fury here 10+ years ago. I think about Maria Maria and her Katrina story that she shifted during a Forgiveness Walk in Atlanta in 2011. My work is valuable! It even touches this place with healing and forgiveness.
Forgiving Hurricane Katrina

A rainbow of wholeness, balance, and beauty imbues my reflection.

Nonsenses Immersion is one of the many tools we share in HeartSinging Walk Community where courageous heartsingers gather to create radiantly fulfilling walks of the Appalachian Trail.

Join us!

In joy,