Sarah Lesiecki

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.

Posts

I Never Thought This Would End So Close To The End

I Never Thought This Would End So Close To The End

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.

Aug 26, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Moving Along From Massachusetts to New Hampshire

Moving Along From Massachusetts to New Hampshire

A brief summary of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire as I work toward completing my biggest section hike yet from Pennsylvania to Katahdin.

Jul 28, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Back on Trail for 2.5 Weeks: Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA

Back on Trail for 2.5 Weeks: Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA

A summary of the latest portion of my big section hike. Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA.

Jun 15, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Straight From My Journal: A Section Hiker’s Mind Reset After Going Home for Two Weeks

Straight From My Journal: A Section Hiker’s Mind Reset After Going Home for Two Weeks

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.

May 26, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Heading Back to the Trail After a Week Hiatus and Relationship Lessons Learned From That

Heading Back to the Trail After a Week Hiatus and Relationship Lessons Learned From That

A summary of some things I feel like I learned about relationships two weeks into my 2021 LASH.

May 14, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
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

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.

May 9, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
First 2021 Update: Inside My Mind After Two Weeks on Trail

First 2021 Update: Inside My Mind After Two Weeks on Trail

What’s gone on in my head so far during my first two weeks of hiking the AT in 2021 in Pennsylvania.

May 6, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Things to Ponder as I Attempt a 1,000 Mile Hike Next Week

Things to Ponder as I Attempt a 1,000 Mile Hike Next Week

Thoughts as I set out to attempt a hike of just over 1,000 miles from Boiling Springs, PA to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.

Apr 11, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
A Flashback Post to a Weekend Hike in July from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC

A Flashback Post to a Weekend Hike in July from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC

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.

Jan 16, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Things I Actually ADDED to my Pack Once I Started LASHing the AT

Things I Actually ADDED to my Pack Once I Started LASHing the AT

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.

Jan 11, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki