Life as of July*

Sorry we haven’t posted in FOREVER! Seth is alive, he didn’t get eaten by a bear (incase you were wondering) hahaha! The past few weeks have been quite a change of plans for us….

 

We have a little one on the way.  Yup, I can’t make this stuff up. 

 

So our plans have changed, the irony is just ridiculous.  I am 13 weeks along, I hiked 250 miles pregnant! Which makes me feel a lot better about myself because I couldn’t understand why I felt so exhausted at the end of the day and why uphills in the heat were so brutal!  I found out at 9 weeks and texted Seth on a mountain because his phone was off,  he called me and I picked him up off the trail.  He thought he may be able to hike to the halfway point if I was only a few weeks pregnant however, I was further along than we anticipated.  Seth didn’t want to miss the pregnancy, so like an amazing husband, he decided to give up the trail to be with me.  

Currently we are in Asheville and job searching, which is turning out to be quite rough.  Seth is looking for a position working with youth and applying to different places in the country.  Everything is pretty up in the air right now, so pray that something perfect turns up so we can get settled!  Seth is devastated about the trail, and I miss my dog, but thus is life and I should know better than to make life plans for myself.  Something amazing always turns up, and I love this life journey.  I feel so thankful and blessed that I get to experience life in all its beauty, even if it looks different than I thought.  PLUS I have my best friend with me, how could it get any better? 

 

So the adventure continues… 🙂

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Just a quick update for everyone….

I got back on the trail only to continue feeling miserable, even after a good chunk of rest and different shoes. I could hardly walk on my foot after 5 miles of hiking but continued for another 25.  So, I got back off because it was feeling pretty unbearable and we thought it could be a stress fracture.  It turned out to be damage in some ligaments and needs 6 weeks to heal.  I am pretty bummed and it’s difficult to be off, but I feel fortunate I was able to do at least 250 miles of it!  I am staying at my mom’s house in Asheville while Seth is continuing to hike and he just passed 350 miles!  He posted a new address for his next mail drop and I’m sure he would love some encouragement since he’s hiking alone and missing me 🙂

Thanks for all of the prayers and support! You, friends, are amazing and an inspiration to us! Please feel free to send some love my way, I miss Seth and the trail and feel pretty restless.  I’m going to try to meet him periodically before he gets too far north for a day drive and I will do my best to keep you posted on how he is doing!

Love you all!

Smokey Mountains

We made it through the Smokey Mountains with no rain (which I hear is miraculous and near impossible), hooray!  Before we hit the Smokies we took a low day near Fontana Dam so that I could rest some injuries.  We had to stop at the visitor center to get backcountry passes that the state park is now requiring.  The trail crossed over the Dam which was a neat start to enter the Smokey Mountains and I tried to prepare myself for the inevitable storms I heard so much about where it hails and rains sideways.  We reached the highest point on the AT, Clingman’s Dome, reaching just over 6,000 feet.  Unfortunately, it was covered in clouds and we couldn’t see a thing, and unfortunately it was a Saturday and packed with tourists.  It took us 4 days to get there and as we were hiking, exhausted from the day, I looked through the trees and saw fresh, clean, city people pushing strollers. “What?!” It was a bizarre feeling.  I had hiked miles and miles to get to the top of this mountain!  I was sweaty and smelly and tired and here were hundreds of people who drove their vehicles up the mountain, got out of their car in their fresh clothes and walked the hundred yards to the top of the mountain.  I was envious.  They didn’t even have to carry water. We stuck out with our stench, large packs and look of bewilderment at the strange sight of humans.

I was still having issues with my knee and my foot so I got off at Clingman’s Dome (where my mom met us with Arby’s) for a few days.  Seth continued hiking until Hot Springs and hitch-hiked into Asheville to meet me for his Birthday! I have a Morton’s Neuroma in my foot which basically means a nerve hurts a lot and makes walking extremely painful.  I switched out my shoes and am heading back to the trail tomorrow, hopefully it helps!

Seth had quite the adventure without me, he hiked 80 miles in 4 days, saw 2 bears (I haven’t seen any) and experienced the best shelter story yet!  One night in the middle of the night he heard a scream and a loud “thunk”.  No one in the shelter said a word until a few minutes later a voice said, “sorry guys there was a mouse on my face.” Apparently the guy next to Seth, woke up with a mouse on his face, completely flipped out, and then thought the mouse crawled into his sleeping bag and starting thrashing about! Hilarious.  The mice make sleeping difficult, one night I couldn’t fall asleep because I could hear them scurry from one end of the shelter to the other and I could hear my glasses moving next to me. Eeek! At least I didn’t have one on my face 🙂 Another night, Seth was crammed into a small shelter with cobwebs EVERYWHERE only to discover spiders the size of tarantulas had taken over.  Needless to say, shelters are basically Fear Factor in real life.

Everyday Seth says, “This is the best day of my life”, and it truly is.