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a·dapt əˈdapt/Submit verb make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify. become adjusted to new conditions Papers released into the air collapsing slowly on my desk. Each sheet a memoriter of a forgotten legacy. Lately, my thoughts have been a polished reflection of the life I used to lead. On this day last […]


heal·ing ˈhēliNG/Submit noun 1. the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again   I’ve been slice open more times than I can recount. My wounded flesh exposed for all to see.  Now, one-week post-operative I sit yearning to pick at the incisions. To pick at the scabs, in an effort to speed the […]

Support & Impact

sup·port səˈpôrt verb bear all or part of the weight of; hold up When I announced my hopes to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail I honestly didn’t realize the ripple effects that resulted. As most already know, I was not successful as a thru-hiker, physically I could not push my body without breaking. My goal […]

Some other beginning’s end . . .

I started the Pacific Crest Trail earlier in the season to account for my slowness. To my surprise, it turns out I am fleet-footed when it comes to hiking. For the sake of slowing down my hiking pace a bit in an attempt to outsmart mother nature (impossible), I took the train from Tehachapi, CA […]

I’m not a scientist, I’m a science project.

After my Intracranial Hypertension (IH) was in remission, and I had the last shunt removed, I found that I was still having headaches. My neurosurgeon, Dr. Boulis, offered a trial of a different medical device: a neuromodulator to help with the headaches. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive, but I trusted Dr. B; he was […]

Scars in all . . .

With only five days before the start of my PCT journey, I have been finalizing everything I need for a successful journey. Out of pure boredom, and an effort to change my everyday norm, I decided to update my MP3 playlist. I’ve opted to play tunes, to motivate myself at the start. I made up […]


According to my birth year, I am classified as a Millennial. For some, this label is a huge honor. For me, however, it doesn’t fit. I’m not a Millennial Check out number 7 on the, “8 Words That Totally Reveal You Are Not a Millennial” list (clears throat)…“Awesome”, is the first name in my blog title. […]

Budget Minded Gear

There are a lot of things to consider when planning a thru-hike, the gear being the first. Hiking gear is expensive, but I have learned it doesn’t have to be. I have successfully obtained my essentials for under $600. Here’s how I did it. I made a wish list and humbly asked for outside support. […]

“Heroes are born, not made” or is it “Heroes are made, not born”

  “Heroes are born, not made”  or is it  “Heroes are made, not born.” hero noun he·ro ˈhirō/ a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. endurance noun en·dur·ance in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s, -ˈdyu̇r-, en- : the ability to do something difficult for a long time : the ability […]


thought THôt noun  an idea or opinion produced by thinking or occurring suddenly in the mind. This is a very common comment: Crystal Gail, you run with your eyes closed! First, this is a great observation and there is a very logical response. There is a calmness about running. I want to be clear there […]