4 years ago I scooped up this polka dot pup from the @humanesociety and he's been at my heels (or 100 yards in front of me) ever since. Back in August when I asked you "Hey Sully! Do you want to go on an adventure?" It definitely wasn't what either of us had envisioned. Through all of the cactus crawls, rock scrambles, coyote calls and Walmart parking lots, you still stuck by my side. Maybe sometimes reluctantly. Our first mile on trail you fell to the ground faking an injury so you wouldn't have to carry your own pack. There were a few moments I thought you were going to call up Sarah McLachlan and start singing "In The Arms of the Angels" to her over the phone but lucky for me, you don't have opposable thumbs. Thanks for being my polka dot sidekick through all of our adventures. Happy Gotcha Day, (Mookie / Mookenstein / B.Jones / Chili Dog) Sully!!!🐶💙
By extreme awesome dumb luck and happenstance, Nick, Sully and I were in the middle of nowhere during the Solar Eclipse. We took a break by a pond to have lunch, sipped on some beers we had packed out and experienced totality just the 3 of us. It was nothing shy of pure magic.🌑#flashbackfriday
After a 3 month hiatus, I finally got my horse fix yesterday. Perhaps a face only a mother could love but this goofball sure does know how to make me smile. I didn't think it was physically possible to miss the smell of horses so much.💕
And just like that it's over. We're heading towards Georgia today feeling bittersweet. Being a part of 3MPH has meant more to me than I would have ever imagined. Our diverse, offbeat, hilarious, insane and talented crew feels like a family now. We have some of the weirdest inside jokes (MmmMmm) and made more memories than I can count. Together, we experienced some extreme highs and lows... Getting sponsors was a high. One of the tires nearly falling off of the Yeti was a pretty good low. It felt at times that the lows were outweighing the highs but ultimately the tribulations brought us all closer and I've never been part of a stronger team. This project has thrown me completely out of my comfort zone. I've learned a lot about myself and what lights me up. I feel like a different person now from when I first decided to drive west in August. I'm a better person because of this project and I can't help but feel thankful that I had the opportunity to experience this adventure. Today's long drive back to the Peach State will be a tough one but I'll continue to reminisce and rock out to 90's jams to keep myself from ugly crying. I am ready for the next adventure.
Last night we pulled over to take in one of our final New Mexico sunsets. Now I'm sitting at McDonalds in Lordsburg because they have coffee and a bathroom. I've been wearing my favorite striped shirt for 5 days. U2 just came on as a reminder of this weird, wild, crazy adventure we've been on.
"I wanna feel sunlight on my face. I see the dust-cloud disappear without a trace. I wanna take shelter from the poison rain.
Where the streets have no name." Welp. That sums it up. Soaking up our last day out here and having all the feels.💫
It's hard to believe that this chapter of the adventure is coming to an end. As much as I'm looking forward to being home in Georgia with my own bed and toilet (oh, and seeing my family and friends too!) I will miss this crazy life. This was taken back in August. My first morning out here waking up in Yellowstone. It feels like yesterday.✨
This weekend we traded in our trail runners for some dancing shoes. It was a whirlwind of a trip but my heart is filled with so much joy that we were able to celebrate Chris and Kathryn's marriage. Not to mention, I had this stud muffin by my side.😍Nick was officially thrown to the wolves with his initial hazing from the Rosentrater / Auclair /Healey / Simonds' family and to quote my peeps; "He's stuck with us now." It's a bittersweet ending to a beautiful weekend and I can't only feel thankful for having such an incredible family. Now back to the trail to finish our documentary, @3mphfilm!
Our Halloween was filled with tricks and treats. Someone took a knife and cut into my Jeep last night outside of the Super 8. That was a pretty crappy trick. But joke is on them. Lucky for us, they passed up on all of our sweet camping gear. We think the smell of B.O. may have deterred the turds from snooping further. Today we treated ourselves to a makeover. RIP booger green hair. Adios, New Mexico, ya big jerk. Off to Boston tomorrow!
The Toaster House cannot be described other than a magical vortex. I really wish someone would invent Smell-O-Vision already so you could fully experience this moment. The crisp cool smell of fall. The sound of windchimes in the air. The porch lovingly decorated with trail runners and boots hung up for their retirement. On the clothesline, a bakers dozens worth of well loved socks. The other night, this spot was home to 17 people. A combination of SOBO CDT hikers and our film crew. Some friends and some strangers. We ran into some incredible trail angels, TwoBadDogs. They treated us all to pie and filled up the house with groceries. We made a huge feast that filled all of our bellies and by the end of the night, strangers became friends. We laughed, sang and danced to the Hokey Pokey. If you haven't seen a bunch of adults do the Hokey Pokey, I recommend you do. I guarantee it will lift your spirits. The Toaster House has been one of my favorite parts about this journey and reminds me how much this bizarre and wonderful community brings people together. Thanks Nita and Pie Town for all of the hospitality, love and magic.
I can't wait to come back. 💕🍞🌀✨
I was able to end my 9 (10?) day no shower streak yesterday!!🎉 And I got to do laundry! AND had delicious free pie trail magic! The plus side to roughing it is you start to appreciate all of the little things like toilets and socks that don't smell like Limburger cheese.🧀 Also, Sully chewing on a 2x4 because he's always happy to be alive.
Said good night to the sun and good morning to the moon in the middle of nowhere last night.🌙
Woke up around 2am to a bunch of coyotes yappin' up a storm in our camp. Fortunately, Sully was busy sawing wood.🐶💤 When I eventually fell back to sleep, I dreamt about my horse.💙
This morning as I was leaving Walmart after doing my morning routine of bathing myself in the bathroom sink, a couple asked me in a few words if I was homeless and needed a ride. I'm not sure where they got this idea from. Maybe because we've been car camping in the parking lot for 4 days now. My clothes 7 or 8 days old and my hair bringing a whole new meaning to "top knot". While sleeping in the car last night, I was too afraid to get out of it to use the bathroom so I found an old Taco Bell cup that served as my toilet. An all new low.
Social media has a pretty sneaky way of using smoke and mirrors. Life out here has been freaking hard. I've realized how much I miss my parents. My friends. My horses. My apartment. Daily access to a toilet and shower. I'm lucky if I see a shower once a week out here. The 3 lipstick tubes that are waiting for me on my dresser back in Georgia. I never thought I'd miss these "things". Mostly inanimate objects that typically I would take for granted at home and now I'd give a kidney for. I'm trying to enjoy this chapter even though I found out a mouse has been living in my car and I smell like urine. .
The past week I've been feeling low, incredibly homesick and I smell like a corpse. On my second trip to WallyWorld this morning I had a reminder. I ran into two familiar and smiling faces. Hikers! It's the weirdest phenomenon out here. You could be in the middle of ass end of nowhere and run into someone you recognize. I may have spent a total of 30 minutes with them both in different towns along the trail but out here, the community binds you. It doesn't matter if you've known someone for 10 minutes or 10 years. You're instantly intertwined as a home away from home. A family. So today is a new day and I'm telling myself to enjoy it. To enjoy the freedom of life on the road even if I could break my socks in half and braid my leg hair. Be present in your current chapter as you don't know what the next page will bring. *Drops the mic.*