About

katahdin 2019

Hi there! My name is Sarahmarie Specht-Bird (trail name: Passport), and I am a hiker, a writer, a teacher, and a crafty person. This website is dedicated to my adventures. Primarily I write about long-distance hiking, travel, and exploring of all kinds, but every once in a while a completely unrelated subject will likely pop up. I like to think that this keeps things interesting.

In September 2019 I completed a six-month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. While on this adventure, I also wrote for The Trek. You can check out those AT posts here: Sarahmarie Specht-Bird at The Trek. 

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. After that I turned my attention toward other journeys. In the summer of 2018 I traveled around the countryside of England for a month, and then I completed the Camino del Norte and the Camino Primitivo in Spain. This was my second Camino, the first being the classic and beautiful (but increasingly crowded) Camino Francés, which I walked with my best friend in 2015. Additionally, I began 2019 with a month-long trip to the Netherlands, Belgium, and the Czech Republic before I began my AT thru-hike. I like to wander, and I think I’ll be out on another trail soon.

When I’m not hiking, writing, or teaching, you can probably find me reading or crocheting. I have an Etsy called Wild Heart that you can check out, if you fancy.

Many people have inspired my writing + my adventures + the way I see the world. Among them are Carrot Quinn, Neil Gaiman, and Robin Wall Kimmerer. I think you should check out their work.

Than you so much for visiting. To the world!