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On the Trail Again…

Daughter and I are back in the woods, backpacking for another five weeks on the Appalachian Trail.

Ahhhh…it’s good to be back!

Putting on the packs

Saying goodbyes

Ready to go

Steeping into the woods

After our first week, we have settled into routines. Daughter had no hesitation this time to take the lead, even over challenging rocky areas. We both are hiking strong, finishing our daily miles at a faster pace than last fall and still having energy at the end of the day. As always, we enjoy meeting other hikers and sharing bits of our stories with each other.

We find great peace and contentment in the combination of simplicity and being outdoors. There are few decisions to make (put on the same clothes every morning and walk until reaching that evening’s campsite or shelter). There are few distractions or interruptions (beautiful views, wildflowers, birdsong, and little critters are treasures not challenges). And nature itself is soothing.

We are so blessed to be able to be out here for an extended hike. And when we are done for this trip, we will be ready to head home and reconnect with family and friends again.

Thanks for encouraging us…and for following our adventures!

(Touches of Home encourage us while on the trail. Read about that HERE. Read about the things we miss from home HERE. Read about what we lose and what we find while hiking HERE. )


  1. Good luck on your trail! Excited to hear all about it 🙂

  2. Which part are you hiking this time? Have a great time.

    • jecolorfulheart

      May 2, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Hiking from McAfee Knob area north to southern end of Shenandoah national park where we finished last fall. No interesting park volunteers (like you) to chat with in this section!

  3. I can’t wait to hike with you!

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