katahdin 2019

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

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. After graduating I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2019. This six-month adventure took me from Georgia to Maine, and life hasn’t been quite the same since.

After my thru-hike I taught middle school writing. I currently teach first-year college writing in Columbus, Ohio, as well as elementary ESL, writing, and critical reading online. I love teaching and I can’t imagine doing anything else for a career. But I miss the trail constantly.

I am tentatively planning a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2022 and the Continental Divide Trail in 2023.

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.

I hope to continue to compose regular dispatches in 2021 and beyond.

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!