In the fall of 2014 I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2015. I’m not really sure why or how I arrived at that decision but somehow I did and became committed to it. Up until then I’d only been a day hiker with a few over nighters under my belt. To hike for approximately six months on a trail that encompassed fourteen states and 2,168 miles was a daunting prospect. I discovered that every year several thousand people attempt a thru-hike (the entire trail) with only one in four finishing . About 25% of those who do complete it are women. I definately have my work cut out for me!
D What started as a simple blog to describe my 2015 AT SOBO hike and became derailed in CT with a broken foot. As I waited for rescue I realized that thru-hiking wasn’t in my future. I’m quite content to hike the hills and mountains which surround me. In the winter months I backcountry snowshoe with my dogs. I’m one of those people who hasn’t quite decided what I want to be when I grow up; my initial degree was in English and I worked as a copyeditor. Then back to college for nursing, an extremely rewarding career but…..back to English and attained an MFA. I still maintain my nursing credentials and am part of DMAT (disaster medical). I often write about my lifelong struggle with PTSD, coming to terms with severe childhood abuse and learning to like myself. After living with PTSD for most of my life, I've decided that I don't want to specifically revisit it in each and every post so I write about a variety of subjects with an occasional rant thrown in. An avid animal lover, I have a special love of German Shepherds and am owned by two. We participated in Schutzhund training/competition which all three of us enjoyed immensely and both girls reached IPO3. In March 2017 I began fostering dogs again, specifically ones pulled from NYCACC. I'm very passionate about K-9 deaths due to handler negligence. I am by no means anti-cop and have profound respect for them. However I abhor the negligent/incompetent handlers that harm their K-9 partners and in the process, tarnish the badges of thousands of excellent handlers. No dog should die at the hand of their human partner.