Back on the Trail 2020

I lift my eyes to the mountains and wonder where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

Five years ago I ventured out and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. When I think back on it, at times it feels like yesterday, other times it seems like a lifetime ago.

This year was to be the year that I trekked with my husband George. We had plans to walk the Camino in Spain, a pilgrimage of sorts. But we all know how plans are only that. Until you take the first step on the trail, it is only a planned event. With all that happened in 2020, our desire to share a trail together, vanished. We stayed put in our humble abode and brought Spain to our backyard. We tilled the soil, planted a garden, sod, grape vines and most of all, sunflowers! It’s our Spain and we will plan another time to visit and walk the Camino.

But for me, I could not sit and wait for another year. After much thought and trusting in the Lord to open doors, I am heading back to the trail.

It’s a start and a dream to hike yearly. No, it’s actually a passion and a calling to be in Gods creation, slowing down, being with Him one on one, and experiencing all of this vast and amazing world He created for us.

After squeezing in a few treks in the past years, Wonderland Trail in Washington, sections of the PCT, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, I yearned for another long distant hike.

Colorado Trail hit the marks. First of all, with all things COVID this year, it is one of the trails that you can leave little disturbance in the local community. I have hiked close to 200 miles on the Colorado Trail a couple of years back but I truly wanted to do a full, uninterrupted foot path from Watertown to Durango. It’s 475 miles, less than a quarter of the PCT, yet is has the splendor and grandeur of trails much shorter.

I fly out mañana and hit the trail Friday, July 10th. I have a sidekick who will be hiking with me this go-around, Karen Z from the PCT. She hiked a couple of years after me and we have much in common. She is blonde, the same age as me (both celebrating 60 this year) and love the great outdoors!

Buckle up and get ready for the adventures of GiGi, aka Geisha Girl and our Heavenly Father. May He inspire you to be the best version of you, love like He loves and provide contentment right where you are!

My intention is to post daily, depending on service and all that! Look forward to seeing our glorious Father directing me in all things trail, growing my faith deeper and opening my heart to His amazing & incredible creation.

Tomorrow we fly, like eagles!

3 thoughts on “Back on the Trail 2020

  1. Stay safe and will be praying for you and your friend to enjoy His creation and the wonderment it provides. Keep a journal so we know how you are doing. God bless you both. Leif & Laurel


  2. Yah! I’ve missed following your adventures and will pray for a safe and amazing journey. I like what you said about plans being yet that. I was so close with many boxes prepped plus all the other preparation that leads up to an attempted thru hike of the PCT. Here’s to 2021!


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