katahdin 2019

Hi! My name is Sarahmarie (trail name: Passport). I am a hiker, a teacher, a runner, an aspiring writer, and a crafty person, among other things. This website is dedicated to my adventures. Primarily I write about long-distance hiking and travel.

I grew up in Northern Kentucky, right across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. I moved to Atlanta, Georgia for college, and then Flagstaff, Arizona for graduate school. In 2019 I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine,  and in in 2022 I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.

In off-trail and non-traveling life, I’m an English teacher. After my AT thru-hike, I taught middle school writing and then college composition in Columbus, Ohio. I currently live in the Cincinnati area and teach AP English at a local high school as well as online grammar enrichment classes. I love teaching and I can’t imagine doing anything else for a career, but I miss the trail constantly when I’m not hiking.

About My Writing and About This Blog

After the AT I wrote a zine called Blaze: A Zine About Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail. You can read about the zine and purchase a copy here.

I originally began this blog as I was preparing to hike the 211-mile Nüümü Poyo (John Muir Trail) in California, which I completed in August 2017. It was my first major wilderness backpacking trip, and my gear, mindset, and abilities have changed a lot since then. After this hike the blog lay mostly dormant for two years.

My AT thru-hike in 2019 renewed my inspiration for writing, and I updated this site more frequently while on the trail. Although the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on my original hiking plans in 2020 and 2021, it allowed me to enjoy exploring local trails in Ohio and Kentucky, and I continue to develop an appreciation for nature close to home.

On the PCT in 2022, I wrote a blog post every single day on the trail. You can find those posts here.

If you like what you read of my PCT posts, you may also want to order a copy of my zine called Absolute Creatures. You can do that here.

If you enjoy my writing and would like to subscribe to my monthly newsletter of random silliness, Somewhere Good, you can do that here.

Support My Writing

If you like my writing and are interested in supporting my work, please visit the Support My Writing page to find out how.

Thank you so much for visiting. To the world!