PCT Day 28: Just Keep Going

I woke up at 5:49 am, seeing light but no sun. The mosquitoes were humming so loud, I could hear them through my earplugs. Anticipating a swarm, I suited up in full bug gear to go get water. Once I got outside, I realized that it wasn’t mosquitoes after all. I’d been sleeping next to […]

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PCT Day 16: A Day in the Life

I screamed at the top of my lungs but heard only silence. Ducky hiked away. I wanted to say goodbye, yet all I could manage was a breathy squeak, like Rose in the movie Titanic, when she tried to yell for rescue after bobbing around the freezing Atlantic all night. Where was my whistle? Powerless, I awoke […]

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PCT Day 4: Stalked By A Madman

Sweaty last night, I had to shed layers. Though a step up from the previous night when I thought I might freeze to death, it wasn’t exactly restful slumber. I tossed and turned for at least an hour mid-way through. What was this pain on my left hip? A bruise from sleeping on the ground. Nice. I was up by […]

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From Stalker Mom to Walker Mom

I sat on the plane to Vegas, a full flight, in the middle seat, again. Last-minute plans, we were lucky to get any seats at all for a decent price. The Hubby had the window. The crew shut the door as the last of the passengers walked by. The flight attendants closed the overhead compartments. The […]

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Empty Nest Syndrome is Real

Years ago when our kids were in elementary school, my friend Noelle had a vision. “When the girls go off to college,” she said, “I’m going to sell the house, buy an RV and travel around the country. That way there’s no room for them to move back in.” She laughed like it was a joke, but she meant it, […]

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