The idea to hike across America on the American Discovery Trail
|Almost done on the ADT. Mom and me at the Golden Gate Bridge!|
The day my hematologist told me I was in complete remission, I had one of those moments you always hear about. Call it cliche, call it an epiphany, call it crazy... whatever it was, it was a turning point in my life. I began to think about all I had gone through, where I was at the moment, and where I was headed. I thought about all of the things that made me truly happy, and how I should make those joys a priority in my life. After much thought, what I kept coming back to was my love for the outdoors and nature. I love being active, but most of all, I love getting close and personal with nature by hiking. There’s nothing in the world like it. When my feet hit a hiking trail, all my worries and stresses leave me. Next to being with my family, that’s where I’m the most comfortable and feel the happiest. I am at peace in the woods.
I think it was a day or two after that when Adam, my husband, said to me jokingly, “Let’s just pack everything up and walk to Hollywood.” I just kind of stared at him, and said back somewhat jokingly, “Okay.” I sat silently the rest of the night — I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The next day I ‘Googled’ “Hike across America” and came up with the American Discovery Trail’s (ADT) website. I was struck. It was perfect!
|Taking refuge from the heat in a culvert... after a small siesta, makin' coffee to get through the next stretch.|
|Me and mom in motion on the ADT!|
|Where there's no trees in the desert, and no culverts to dwell in, we make shade!|