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Lab puppy love ❤️! Hiking with the pack today and @abart3217 captured this group photo. From young to old, all so pretty and paying attention to her. #lifeofadventure #hikingadventures #nct #nct100

Three days and 37.8 miles done!! No serious injuries or bad weather so things are going very well. Our legs are getting (kinda) used to the abuse. The most misery I've ever endured while having this much fun!!#hikerlife #nct100challenge2017 #nct100 #fingerlakestrail #bigagnestent

Feeling awful but still enjoying the North Country Trail. Just hoping I can get over this lung infection so I can start enjoying running again. #NCT100 #NCT #ultrarunning #ultramarathonstrong

Hangin with the best engineers on the planet! #huntfightwin #nct80 #nct100

On my bucket list to hike on the NCT - North Country Trail - #hiking #100milechallenge #greatoutdoors #nct

Major bucket list item: Pictured Rocks thru-hike. 42 miles over 4 days. 12/52 #52hikechallenge2017 #nct100 #puremichigan

Time to break out the old Jean jacket vest #nct #nct100 #nationalpark #northcountrytrail

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When you've been through the tunnel of grief, the healing side often brings you to the point where you promise to live every moment to the fullest. I'm here to tell you that while that really isn't possible- we all have bad days and moments we'd like to forget- it is definitely a worthy pursuit. We as a family strive to value presence in the moment and see time spent together as a gift. The other day we got a little lost. Grouchy. When we decided on a trail, we then couldn't find it. And when we did, we voted to hike the other direction. It paid off. Over seven miles of beautiful wild flowers and dirt roads and sweaty hot fun! Plus here's to tired and worn out outdoors adventure kids! #oolafamily #karthtrek #presencenotpresents

Three days and 37.8 miles done!! No serious injuries or bad weather so things are going very well. Our legs are getting (kinda) used to the abuse. The most misery I've ever endured while having this much fun!!#hikerlife #nct100challenge2017 #nct100 #fingerlakestrail #bigagnestent

So I went backpacking by myself from 7/9 through 7/12 in Allegheny National Forest, and it was probably the hardest thing I've ever done physically and mentally. Very happy that I've done it. It was a valuable experience that I really needed at this point in my life.

I followed the blue blaze again on North Country National Scenic Trail for 30 miles over 3 days with a backpack entirely too heavy for my stubby legs. And whose fault was it? Me. I packed too much food, too much first aid supply, and other extra stuff.
The weather certainly did not cooperate. After a fabulous night 0 at Willow Bay campground where I enjoyed a calzone and knitting on a camp chair, my day 1 started with a soaking wet tent. Wet ultralight tent was not-so-light. After realizing that I was moving much slower than expected, I decided to hike extra distance on day 1. Enter pouring rain. I made it to Sugar Run and camped there. My homemade Tyvek tarp came in handy.

The rain had stopped overnight, and my day 2 started with a dry tent and a wet, oversized tarp. Wet tarp was heavy and bulky. The morning was spent alternating long green tunnels and natural gas wells. Then, I entered the long, dark valley along Hemlock Run. I reached the campsite by Chappel Bay at 6. Just as I was finishing filtering water for the next day, I heard distant thunders. The storm hit just as I finished throwing the tarp up and pitching my tent.
I woke up to a drizzle on day 3, but I was hopeful because I should have a shorter distance to cover on my last day! Well, until the rain turned into another storm that morning. The swollen feet, soaked boots, and heavy pack slowed me down to a depressing level. I chose to skip a sit-down lunch and staggered along with some energy bars. The storms seemed to have taken few trees down, and that posed extra challenges to this vertically challenged person. As a final blow, at 2 miles to go, I broke one of my trekking poles; the lower part just slipped out completely at the most unfortunate timing. I managed to reach my car at 4:30pm.

8.6 miles on the NCT today.

Adding up the mileage... #nct100 #karthtrek #hikingwithdogs

Leaving tonight to attempt the #nct100challenge2017. Hopefully will have walked 100 miles by next weekend!! #nct100 #nct100milechallenge #northcountrytrail #flt #fingerlakestrail

Blue Blazing the NCT. Over 50 miles #nct100

Lab puppy love ❤️! Hiking with the pack today and @abart3217 captured this group photo. From young to old, all so pretty and paying attention to her. #lifeofadventure #hikingadventures #nct #nct100

For night #3 we stayed on Grand Island, rode fat tire bikes for a total of 20 some miles, and donated a quart of blood to the mosquitos. .
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Safe on the inside, mosquitos on the outside. 😝☀️😅 #northcountrytrail #nct100 #wildernessbabes #camplife #hikingadventures #puremichigan 📸:@hiking_thru

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