Day 5: Never the Same

It’s just now occurring to me that Michael may look and sound very different next time I see him. That makes me happy and sad at the same time, in that confounding way that only grown ups who love children can understand. Because you know […]

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The Transition

I don’t think I can be too creative today, but I am so grateful for the community that has formed around us, I need to let everyone know that all is good. Very good. Michael has landed in San Diego and I am at my […]

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Here We Are.

Well. We’ve arrived at the point I knew would come sooner than I’d like. And of course, it did. But I’m ready. Michael has been ready for weeks. Oh, there have been a few last-minute changes and unplanned trips to REi and a mad dash yesterday […]

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The Final Stretch

Michael’s dad came from Connecticut to visit him this weekend. It was a perfect way to start his last week of preparation before leaving on Friday. I credit his dad with fostering in Michael his love of the outdoors and his spirit of adventure and […]

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Packing

As everyone knows, there’s an art to packing. I like to think myself a bit of an expert, as my husband and I lived in different time zones for three years and now, with three kids in Manhattan, I’m on a plane regularly. When I first met […]

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The Final Stretch is All About Food

With only 12 days until take off, our household is focused on food. I can’t say its the most nutritious-looking food, but nutrition seems to be taking a backseat to caloric value. Rumor has it Snickers leads the pack as most popular thru-hiker food. It’s amazing […]

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Home Safely, Round One

Because so many of you are asking….a quick post to say Michael arrived home last night about 10:45, having completed his test hike and wearing pretty much everything he’d packed. Here’s a few highlights: It rained the whole time. He’d lined his backpack with a trash […]

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Day 28: The Art of Distraction

There’s a fundamental difference between avoidance and distraction. Avoidance implies a state of anxiety whereas distraction connotes a sense of relief. A purposeful carefreeness. The past two days have been ones of delightful distraction. When you move to Texas at the age of 50, its a safe bet […]

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30 Days and Counting

One month from today, my son leaves to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Those are words I never thought I’d say. I don’t even like journeying too far into the backyard. Yet somehow I raised a son who thinks its very reasonable to pile everything he […]

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