As our journey begins, here’s a blessing I’m singing, thanks to my friend, Sara and generations before her!

“May troubles be less and blessings be more
May nothing but happiness come to your door
And may you have luck wherever you go
And blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.

May winds be at your back and sun be overhead
May friends be at your side wherever you are led”.

Walk with blessings

Winds at your back, Sun overhead

Chicory and Queen Ann’s Lace


My heart flutters.
Illinois roadside chicory and queen Ann’s lace
Revive feelings of childhood walks along an Ohio bikepath.
Gratitude swells for wise parents who created space for Spirit to speak to me.

My twelve year old self regularly walked with my brother the two miles home from the Dayton Museum of Natural History along a bike path lined with these flowers. Those walks generated experiences of joy and independence, strength and courage.

The call continues to walk in Nature. Roadside flowers remjnd me of the early utterances of its voice. read more

Abundant Choice

Walk into Your Dream

Today I am grateful for having two choices for joyously prosperous occupations this Fall. I am blessed.

I found out that I’ve been offered a short seasonal position at Yellowstone Park immediately after my three-week walk in the Continental Divide Trail in Wyoming. I had already agreed to house-sit in Montebello, Virginia near a favorite section of the Appalachian Trail where I can offer forgiveness walks and coaching. Both appear as fulfilling miracles that seemed to drop into my lap. read more

Small Steps


Yesterday I found the eastern terminus of The Palmetto Trail in South Carolina. I was reminded of my first steps on the Appalachian Trail a dozen years ago.

There was that same rush of enthusiasm, a palpable pull to walk forth! 

Do you think of walking the Appalachian Trail? Locate the nearest trailhead along its 2,181 mile length and set your feet on it.

Feel it. Do you hear your call?

Now, write that down. Describe that feeling and relive it often as you prepare for your walk.

In this genesis is fortitude for your journey. read more

I Want to Walk the Appalachian Trail. Now What?

This week, two fabulous, successful people in my life said, “I want to walk the Appalachian Trail.”
Into my head flash the radiant feelings of thanksgiving and amazing accomplishment that I felt when I stood on Springer Mountain to complete my own 2,000 mile walk six years ago. Along with it wash in the memories of the challenges and doubts that clouded that vision as it unfolded. All of it – the joys, the challenges, the ups, and downs, the sunny days and the rainy or snowy days were all part of my Appalachian Trail walk. I assume they would be part of anyone’s walk. So, where does one start after proclaiming, “I want to walk the Appalachian Trail?” read more

Dining Out: “Last Day” Food


On the last day before resupply on a backpacking trip, I get creative with the odds and ends of food left in my bag.
How about the last of the almond butter mixed with maple syrup, nuts,  and the last six crackers crushed up?
Yum! Works for me!