Mini (Kathy)

Mile 2,591


(1) Where are you from?

Seattle, WA

(2) What day did you start?


(3) What day did you finish?


(4) Do you have a trail name?

Yes it is Mini

(5) If so, where did it come from?

Because I am so much smaller than my husband.

(6) What did you dream of when things weren’t going well?


(7) Did you experience anything miraculous?

That my husbands knees that were swelling for several weeks went away. Was so bad he could hardly stand up in the morning or after a break. KT tape did the trick.

(8) Any memorable encounters with the elements, or wildlife?

Crossing into the Mt Hood wilderness had snow and high winds. Extremely cold. Washington in general was very cold and wet. Had mice crawl over our tent two separate nights. They crawled between the fly and vestibule.

(9) Think back to your “pre-hike self.” Now think of yourself here at the end. Has anything changed?

Different perception of what is important in life.

(10) Now that you are off the trail, what do you miss most about it?

The simplicity of eat, hike, sleep repeat. 

(11) Before you started, what were you most afraid of?

The snakes and lack of water in the desert.

(12) Now that you are finished, what are you most afraid of?

Getting fat and lazy now that I am not hiking every day. 

(13) What’s the difference between life on the trail and life off the trail?

Off the trail trail there’s too much craziness such as traffic and technology.

(14) Would you like to add anything else?

Having a hard time adjusting and I hear that is true for many hikers. Hard to get into a routine that works well.