Hi there! My name is Sarah but I'm better known as Lil Bear on the trail. I've lived in both the city of Chicago and suburbs for most of my life but now reside in Northern Alabama upon turning 30. I started LASHing the AT in 2019 and hoped to complete most of the trail in 2020, but like many of us I postponed during the pandemic and stuck to a couple short hikes. So here's to 2021 and seeing what kind of trail miles it brings! Feel free to visit me at www.sarahs-travels.com for posts about other things too.
I never expected to go home from the trail so close to the end, but it happened. This is a brief telling of that experience, plus some of my favorite picture worthy moments from New Hampshire and Maine.
A brief summary of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire as I work toward completing my biggest section hike yet from Pennsylvania to Katahdin.
A summary of the latest portion of my big section hike. Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA.
This is a journal entry I wrote for myself that I decided to share. It's the compilation of being able to re-set my mind after deciding to get off trail for two weeks when I was two weeks into my most current long section hike.
A summary of some things I feel like I learned about relationships two weeks into my 2021 LASH.
How I Went From Hiking Out of Town in the Morning to Sitting On a Flight Home That Same Night, Plus Other On-Trail Stories from Weeks 1 and 2
Getting off trail, a gear failure, finding cool spots, and other stories from my first two weeks of this Appalachian Trail section in Pennsylvania.
What’s gone on in my head so far during my first two weeks of hiking the AT in 2021 in Pennsylvania.
Thoughts as I set out to attempt a hike of just over 1,000 miles from Boiling Springs, PA to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.
This is part two of my original post about a 33 mile weekend hike from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC in July 2020. It focuses on the hike itself, rather than focusing solely on the hike as pertaining to covid-19 guidelines like the first post did.
There are some things that are just better to have than not have while backpacking. This is my personal list of things that I don't skimp on anymore.