Girl in the Woods, by Aspen Matis, is the true story of a 19 year old girl who hiked the PCT as a way to heal from being raped at college. I’m not finished, so I won’t review it yet, but reading it has inspired me and I can’t stop thinking about hiking.
I wish I was a girl in the woods on a mountain today. It’s definitely my favorite place to be. I grew up being an ocean and pool-loving girl , but now I love the beauty and remoteness of the desert and the challenge and mystery of the mountains. Last summer I flew alone to Colorado, met up with my sister and hiked one segment of the Colorado Trail, slept on the mountain at 11k feet, and the next day hiked together up the Mt. Massive Trail to 14k feet. I already wrote about my hike here, but I’ve been reminiscing and enjoying the photos again this week so I thought I’d share a few more photos. Please click to see larger photos. That’s my awesome sister, my guide and mentor , in the photos. I’m so blessed to have an older sister who really enjoys teaching me things and cares about me. These photos show the first day of our hike and the place we camped. I was so nervous about whether I could handle the altitude and the trail itself, but I had no real problems. I was pretty scared of seeing a bear, but we never did. We had a hilarious time getting our food up into a tree to protect it from animals. We walked around for a long time looking up for the perfect tree! The branches had to be a certain height and not close enough to another tree that animals could jump from one tree to another. Later I read in a book that bear canisters are way more effective. My sister is a wearing an attractive mosquito net hat in one photo and getting water from a lovely cold stream in another. She taught me so much that day. We didn’t do any cooking, just ate some cold chicken that we packed and it tasted like Heaven after hiking all day! I loved all the beautiful trees, dead and alive, and the rocks. We both slept comfortably, exhausted, in the small tent on the left and we put our packs in the other one. She has all the cool gear. The air was nice, dry and chilly, in the upper 30s that night. Everything was so perfect. The sunrise was amazing. The trail was well maintained and marked. Highly recommend! For more photos, please see my other post.
Do you have a sibling who has made a difference in your life? What is your favorite escape or vacation place? What’s the longest and highest hike you’ve done? Favorite hiking trails?