“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

My alarm clock sang to me at 5:30 this morning and my husband, daughter, two dogs, and I left shortly after 6:00 to spend the morning on a trail. Over the last couple of days we chatted about which trail to hike and tossed around ideas of where to go. There are so many trails … Continue reading “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

Keep talking about mental health

I went shopping this evening for a few things for my upcoming Appalachian Trail hike. I will have more on that in another post though. I have something important that I need to write about. I bumped into someone I haven't seen in a couple of years and our conversation led to what I was … Continue reading Keep talking about mental health

The feeling of nothing

I woke up this morning feeling nothing and feeling done. I wanted to stay in bed and I pushed it until the very last minute as I tend to do when I wake up feeling empty. I went to bed early last night at 7pm and my eyes closed well before my husband was done … Continue reading The feeling of nothing

Nature Saved Me

The trail is where the healing began and the water surrounding a dock is where I found the comfort in my choice to remain alcohol free. Growing up I was raised in the city but I am very much a country girl at heart. I was naturally an outdoorsy kid and could be found riding … Continue reading Nature Saved Me

Trekking my own path to success

I have had a little bit of writers block lately. I have put together bits and pieces of ideas that I just haven't been able to turn into a full-length blog post. So, here is a little snipit of what I have been up to lately in the outdoors, keeping a focus on the good … Continue reading Trekking my own path to success

She shoots, she scores: hanging out where the booze flows

Last night I went to the Winnipeg Jets Whiteout party downtown. I am sort of a hockey fan but not really. I get excited when other people are excited and I like to take part in festivals and street parties around our city. I care if the Jets win, but not really. I spent $22 … Continue reading She shoots, she scores: hanging out where the booze flows

Reflections on my anxiety reflections

The anxiety that I experienced on Sunday still weighs heavy on my mind. I believe that experience is the worst attack that I have ever had. Memories of other attacks have played back in my mind like a film strip and nothing comes close, not even the time I hid in a stairwell while I … Continue reading Reflections on my anxiety reflections

Hike my own hike

I hiked 12km today on Hunt Lake in the Whiteshell area of Manitoba with a group of 6 people, including myself. The terrain is quite rugged with jagged rock and 100 foot drops high above West Hawk Lake. While returning from our half hour lunch break after hiking 6km, I began to experience anxiety. While … Continue reading Hike my own hike

Harnessing the power of the sunshine

Over one year ago I created Backpack Chronicles and in that time, I have worked on a lot of self-development, organized and participated in group hiking and camping events, and went on a number of solo day hikes by myself. This blog serves as a place of focus, where I can write about managing my … Continue reading Harnessing the power of the sunshine

Ssssscary Phobiasssss and Fearsssss

The plans for my Appalachian Trail section hike are coming together nicely. My group met last week and we talked about gear, weather, food, and mapped out our nightly stops. Our hotel for the night before our hike begins has also been booked. In addition to logistics and gear, we also discussed fears and phobias … Continue reading Ssssscary Phobiasssss and Fearsssss