Blue Jay 

Blue Jay:


"Hello! Where are you coming from today?"

I heard the voice, but wasn’t altogether ready to respond. I could tell she was friendly, but failed to notice much else. I was beat.

"Umm… a few [shelters] ago. I can’t remember. Ice… something. Maybe." It had been a long day, my first 20+ miler, and my…

Looking Back 

Looking Back:


One of my luxury items in my pack is a book. I always carry one or two at a time, despite the extra weight they bring with them. When I finish one, I’ll either give it to someone, leave it at a hostel, or send it home.

The second book I read was a collection of short stories by Norman Maclean. He…