Leave a question below in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer it next time I’m in town.
do you have any book(s) in your pack?
My lovely bosses gave me a Kindle Paperwhite before I hit the trail! It weighs 7.5 ounces. Right now I’m reading “Love of Life and Other Stories” by Jack London. Please let me know if you have any recommendations. I’ve been on a short story kick, but novels are great for the trail, so if you have any recent favorites please let me know.
I have been a short story kick as well. My current favorites: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender, and Pastoralia by George Saunders. If I am stuck on what to read next, I return to one of my favorite novels, Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor! It is so great reading your posts! Happy trails.
I love both Aimee Bender and George Saunders! I’ve read O’Conner’s collected short stories, but I haven’t read Wise Blood so I’ll add it to my list. Thank you. Keep me posted on your travels.
Talk soon, Mackenzie
Mmmackenzziiee!!! How often to you buy food?
I buy food every three to five days. There are some longer resupply spots down the trail, but for now there are towns every 60 to 100 miles. As someone frugal (like me), you’ll appreciate this: I’ve been able to do much of my food resupply from “hiker boxes”, which are boxes of free food that other hikers don’t want. Free food!
I hope you are doing well. Please tell Justin and K10 that I said hello!
I love seeing your pics! Looks like you’re making good progress. B asks about you and tells me that you’re on a trip, and points down and says “Mexico….to Canada!” and points up. She’ll love seeing your pictures too – will remember to show them too her soon.
Thank you for saying hi! Thinking about B makes me happy. Please tell her and Adam that I said hi. I think of you all so often.
Love your photos! I especially like the full of pie and ready to hike comment.
Have enjoyed your posts but have not seen one in a while. Hope you are doing okay.
Hi Moab, I’m adding more photos today. I haven’t had good computer access lately, so I’m playing catch up. Thank you for visiting my blog.
How much water do you carry? I suppose you have to ration it but doesn’t that make you more thirsty?
I tend to plan my day around the next water source. I typically drink about a liter of water for every 4-5 miles I hike. I drink more in the heat of the heat of the day and less in the morning and evening. So, if the next water is 10 miles away, I’ll usually carry 2 liters. My whole day is a math word problem!
Love ya, Mackenzie
Hitch! Think of you all the time. I love seeing your posts. Brian’s mom, Sue, asks about your progress all the time – she’s a bit of an adventurer herself and I told her all about you. Sweet that you have a Kindle out there. If you haven’t read Sarah’s Key, that’s a great story. I also love The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby. Congrats on completing a quarter of the trail!
Girl, you are an inspiration! I was a girl scout as a child and now as a mother of a girl scout, I am registered as an adult. I was a unit leader for her troop at day camp this year. It was 4 days of blazing heat and a lot walking. I don’t know how many miles I walked with those girls but, I can tell you, it was nothing compared to what you’re doing! I will be using duct tape for blisters from now on! Lol! I ended up with some pretty ugly feet and a very worn out body. I cannot imagine what you are facing physically everyday! You go girl scout! I am so proud of you! It’s so admirable that you are raising money for such a great organization! I will be following your progress. Happy Trails!!!!!
Thanks for your message, Rana. My hike has been both joyous and arduous, and hearing from other Girl Scouts really lifts my spirits and motivates me to keep hiking north. Thanks for your support.
What an inspiration! I think back to good times at Sanskriti and your adventures there and now this amazing journey. Fantastic. It’s great to be able to check in and see glimpses of your walk. Thank you for sharing with us. carrie
Thank you for saying hi and for your donation to Girl Scouting. I think of you and the rest of the Sanskriti gang often. Alif and I are hoping to make a trip to LA sometime soon, and we would love to see you when we’re there.
I hope that you’re doing well and continuing to make interesting work.
I’ve enjoyed following your hike’s progress through this blog since I met you up around Kennedy Meadows and we traded stories about long-distance hiking.
What an inspiring achievement of fortitude and dedication! I know you will carry your experience of it with you always. You’re writing and pictures have taken me back for a while to the many experiences I had growing up in the Boy Scouts, and mountain walking in England, Nepal and Papua New Guinea.
Good luck with the weather in Washington State. Stay warm and well!
Thank you for you message and for your donation to Girl Scouting. I enjoyed our conversation and plan to look up some of the dance organizations you mentioned.
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to the Bay Area and are safely back home in Argentina.
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