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, but sometimes I write about other topics.
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. I’ve also spent some time abroad, including two hikes on the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2015 and 2018, two months in India in 2013, two months in Argentina in 2014, a month in England in 2018, and a month in the Netherlands in 2019, among other trips. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled internationally (thanks, COVID), so I’m hoping to do more of that in the next few years.
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 for several online English enrichment programs. 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. In the summer of 2018 hiked around England for a month and then I hiked the Camino del Norte and the Camino Primitivo in Spain. This was my second Camino; my first was the Camino Francés in 2015. I journaled this trip, but I did not write any blog entries.
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, I have enjoyed exploring local trails in Ohio and Kentucky and 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.
I’m currently working on several writing projects, including a PCT zine that will be available in late 2022. Keep an eye out. 🙂
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!