Hi there!

Hello, Internet! It’s me, Sarahmarie! Remember me? The one who wrote obsessively about preparing for and hiking the John Muir Trail last summer? I’m still here, and I’m writing again!

Because time is weird and bizarre and very hard to keep up with, I find myself flabbergasted that it has been 9 months since I wrote my last post about gear evaluations after the JMT. So much has changed. Here’s a quick overview:

I started a new Master’s program (still at NAU), am almost complete with a very large and very exciting capstone project, and am psyched about my trip to Europe this summer: I’ll be traveling around the UK, visiting my friend Lauren who lives in London, and hopefully climbing and hiking as well as sightseeing, for about 4 weeks, before returning to Spain, meeting up with my best friend Monica, and hiking the Camino del Norte.

My Etsy shop, Wild Heart Whimsical Art, has become more thriving and lucrative than I could have ever imagined, and it’s been so fun to make art for people all over the country and the world.

I’m climbing again for real, and it floors me that I ever stopped: I feel so much stronger, confident, and capable when I am taking my climbing seriously. There’s something about the sport that just gets under my skin, and while I don’t think I’ll ever be as dedicated to it as I am to hiking, it’s wonderful to be back on the rocks again.

My partner (that I hiked the JMT with) and I are no longer together, which has been weird and hard, especially in a small town like Flagstaff. But time continues, as it is wont to do, and I am learning to take each day as it comes, and embrace each moment as its own little adventure.

Upcoming Projects and Posts

I recently wrote a Part 1 of a Place-Based Writing Project for my American Literature and the Environment class about a cool, mellow multipitch rock climb in Sedona that I did with one of my college friends, who was visiting northern Arizona for a couple of weeks back in February. I’m really excited about how the piece turned out, and I’m going to be revising it and publishing it here as a post in the coming weeks.

To anyone reading this, thank you for visiting, and for following along with my adventures. The semester is wrapping up, and I’ll be in the air, on the road, and on the trail soon! I can’t wait to share more of my experiences with you.


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