April 15th, Now What?

Good Morning,

So i am off the trail. My thru-hiking adventure is over. I do want to section hike and some day complete the trail but i don’t want to do it alone.

I talked to hikers on the trail who said don’t worry you can hike alone all day and find people to hang with at night, but that wasn’t my issue, it was the hiking alone during the day that i didn’t want to do. I guess that is how i differ from your average thru-hiker.

So now i have to decided where i want to live. I could stay in the Reno area as my substitute teaching license is good for about 2.5 more years, i could go toward Washington with my mom or i could head back to the Portland area or lastly i could try someplace totally new. I loved the Portland area and loved living there so that is in the lead. The biggest question is also what do i want to do for work?

I have a lot to mull over right there and only have about 2-2.5 months to figure it out.

Where ever i go i think i am finally ready to start looking for someone to spend the rest of my life with. That was my problem on the trail, i want someone to share life’s adventures with. I want someone to section hike with me, i want someone to explore the world with me, i want someone who wants to farm with me and wants to start a family.

So, where do i go from here….that is the big question and one i will be working to figure out.

I still plan on hiking and working out and doing races and fun things. So ill tweak the blog a bit. I still want to do everything the blog originally said, it just probably won’t all be done in the next 5 years.

So if you are game, keep following along and we will see what happens!!!!!!!

16 thoughts on “April 15th, Now What?

  1. Aww. Sorry to hear it. Keep hiking and following your passion, and you will find that right person

    I started the AT single and wondered if I would meet a boy there. I finished solo, and then went on to hike the Florida Trail in the winter— I met my boyfriend at mile 400.

    I agree, the PCT is especially hard, alone. Find someone, save money, and drag them along for the ride πŸ™‚

  2. It sounds like there was a lot of fruitful things that came out of this experience. What did Albert Einstein say?.. “The only source of knowledge is experience”.

    We are all so very proud of you and “riding” along to experience it as well.

    We, yes I mean we, as in everyone in the universe are proud to be a part of you! A part of your day to day.. a part of your letters.. a part of your conversations.. and a part of life.

    Things are in store for you! Big things! You are inspirational and such a motivated individual — that we can only thank your mom&pop&siblings&extended relatives to have cured such an endeavoring person!

    May the next chapter, that you have 2.5 months to figure out, of your life be as you want it to be. We control our own destiny!

    My friend, one who enjoys life as it should.. thank you for letting me be a part of the ride.

  3. Sounds like a great plan! Maybe we will see each other in Portland, that is if we move there soon lol! So proud of your effort!

  4. I applaud your efforts for getting out there and giving it a try!!! Those “mountains” will be there waiting for you when you are ready. It sounds like you have some great opportunities ahead of you!! Good luck and keep posting so we can continue to follow your adventures 😊

  5. Life is a learning experience, and you gave it a shot and got some insight into what you want and don’t want. You had some pretty cool experiences in the short amount of time you were there, and you did more than most people have the courage to do. I am so proud of you for giving it your all!!!!

  6. You are one brave lady, on and off the trail. You will figure out what’s next for you, I’m sure it will be exciting!!!

  7. Ariana – You did more than most of us do! You tried something you felt strongly about doing! I have been following you because I envied you having the spirit! You gave it your best – gave it a 2nd chance even! You traveled a lot of miles ANYWAY….something to totally be proud about. AND you found that doing it solo at least was not for you. Proud of you and also proud of you to know when enough is enough! I hope you find the right guy but you don’t have to find him on the trail either! πŸ™‚ You will find him when you least expect it. I found my husband of 27 years after I had given up on men…! πŸ™‚

    And come back to WVHC if you come back to Oregon! (we only do DAY trips! LOL).

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