This blog is slowly but surely returning to its roots. I started recording my daughters' mountain adventures as a way to keep track of what the girls had done and where we'd been. I published our reports to let friends and family know what we were doing, and to offer information about the trails to interested hikers.
Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure hit the physical and virtual shelves in April 2012, and during the months before and after my memoir's publication date, my posts were relatively big and broad. That was fine, that was what was called for at the time. Now, however, my daughters are getting older and they -- and I -- want the blog to go back to what it used to be. All three of us want me to publish our weekly trip reports, and all three of us want me to blog about our long-distance hikes. Personal details regarding the girls that have nothing to do with hiking, however, will no longer be shared.
Each of us wants more privacy -- I actually feel like I'm becoming a recluse. I'm more and more choosy about who I hang out with, I'm unfriending people on Facebook who aren't my actual, real-life friends, and I'm enjoying most of my peace and happiness amongst the trees and peaks.
The girls are getting older, more mature, and more and more independent. In each of them, I'm seeing more and more young woman and less and less girl. Their maturity levels and intellect have taken major leaps forward lately, and that's prompted me to think about what my life might be like after they have both left for college. One of the most important jobs of motherhood is to let your grown children go -- without guilt trips, without mama-drama, and without clinginess. Alex and Sage's lives have been and always will be THEIR lives, and they do not owe me a thing (they did not ask to be born, and it's a parent's duty to do the best she can for her children). I think, when the time comes, I'll be able to properly let my chicks fly. I've got plans for my life after my girls leave. Raising my children to the best of my ability has been my number one priority since the day I discovered I was pregnant with Alex. After Sage leaves for college, I'll consider myself mostly retired. The empty-nest portion of my life will be filled with as many long-distance hikes and low-budget travel as my health will allow.
Of course, we've some time yet. Alex has another seven years at home and Sage has nine, provided both enter college at the traditional age of eighteen. Given the girls' interests, those seven to nine years will probably be filled with hiking, homeschooling, and a myriad of other activities. Both girls love to see new lands, and they love camping and hitting the trails. Sage recently told me she missed the Camino, and Alex has been looking through our John Muir Trail guidebook. Our lives are good and I am grateful for our time together. Both my girls are humble, polite, respectful, and intelligent. Hugh is a great father, a solid provider, and a good friend. I'm a lucky woman.
This blog will continue to contain weekly trip reports, and, from time to time, I'll comment on the long-term effects of this year's Camino. For example, I've taken huge and necessary steps to simplify my life, and, as I mentioned above, I'm becoming more and more of a recluse (my children have their friends and social activities -- I'm speaking strictly for myself here). I'm happiest when I'm in the woods or on a trail, and I don't feel the need or desire to join any particular groups or cliques. That being said, I am all for making and strengthening honest friendships with folks whose values I deeply respect. In other words, quality over quantity. More on all that later, perhaps -- time to go walk my dog through our acre of pines.
- UP: REVIEWS and PRESS
- GraniteGals PODCAST
- Speaking Engagements/Nonprofit Fundraisers
- Alex in the White Mountains (Alex's hiking blog)
- Sage's White Mountain Treks (Sage's hiking blog)
- California's Lost Coast Trail. June 8-9, 2019
- England's Coast to Coast Trail 2018
- Cohos Trail 2017
- Iceland's Laugavegur Trail 2016
- Great Wall of China Trek 2015
- John Muir Trail 2014
- El Camino de Santiago 2013
- NH Four Thousand Footers (Alex and Sage)
- NH Four Thousand Footers -- WINTER (Alex and Sage)
- Trailwrights 72 (Alex and Sage)
- 52 With a View (Sage)
- The Terrifying Twenty-Five
- The White Mountain Grid