Writing a book is hard. But even harder than writing the book is publishing the book and reading the reviews. There are good ones, sure. Maybe they’re even mostly good ones. But it’s those few bad ones that stick with you. Those readers who feel safe behind the screen of their computer, typing away and passing judgement, forgetting that on the other end of the screen is an actual human. One thing I learned - I'm not cut out for the world of memoir writing and self-publishing.
I’m proud to say that I have not read a single Amazon review of my book in over a year. A year! It’s been wonderful and freeing to simply detach myself, let the book be its own entity. It is not me, so go ahead and say what you want about it. I moved to a new town where no one even knows it exists. I’m living a new life in so many ways, not being a book-writer is just one of them. I don’t regret writing the book. The book wrote itself… I honestly had little say in the matter. Not writing it would have been even more painful. But I am happy to have moved on.
All this is just to say that I’ve taken a break from writing. Maybe you’ve noticed. I found the perfect job in a small, quiet town and have been happily working away – teaching nutrition classes, doing cooking demonstrations, saving the world… and occasionally dreaming of another long hike.
I’m working on saving up enough money to do the ultra-marathon of thru-hikes: an entire year of hiking on all the trails I’ve not yet explored, and some that I have. But this won’t be for a while. For now I am committed to living in a small town, eating vegetables that Mud grows in our garden and taking care of our lovely canines. With yearly adventures in between.
Which brings me to my final point – I’ve found another country to walk across. In two weeks I’ll be starting the Alpine Pass Route which spans 211 miles across Switzerland. The trail crosses 16 mountain passes, which means at least one every day for 2 weeks. There are many huts and hostels along the way, though I’m hoping to camp for a good portion of it. I’ll be hiking alone except for 5 days in the middle when my dad and younger sibs will join me. Though it’s a pretty popular and well-maintained trail, so I’m sure I won’t be alone.
There may or may not be daily blog posts detailing the adventure, but there will definitely be Instagram pictures.
In the meantime, have I mentioned how amazing the Cascades are? Every time I pass through these mountains I feel like the luckiest person alive. Washington state is the best!
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