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Sarah Mowery / Very Serious

writer, editor, failed PCT thru hiker 🌿
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Meet my hiking partner, Georg. 
Not George, Georg.
Georg carries one large shovel instead of trekking poles, because he likes the multifunctionality of it for digging catholes or knocking out assailants. 
Georg doesn't speak English. He communicates by drawing intricate diagrams in the dirt with the tip of his shovel. 
He comes from a culture of sharing and always packs out two Coors tall boys. 
Find a hiking partner like Georg, find happiness. 
#georg #faceapp #pct2018

Meet my hiking partner, Georg. Not George, Georg. Georg carries one large shovel instead of trekking poles, because he likes the multifunctionality of it for digging catholes or knocking out assailants. Georg doesn't speak English. He communicates by drawing intricate diagrams in the dirt with the tip of his shovel. He comes from a culture of sharing and always packs out two Coors tall boys. Find a hiking partner like Georg, find happiness. #georg #faceapp #pct2018 - 23 hours ago

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Yooo I am the hottest 80-year-old I know! And that's my natural hair color, too. Too blessed to be stressed!

#faceapp #pointreyes #norcal

Yooo I am the hottest 80-year-old I know! And that's my natural hair color, too. Too blessed to be stressed! #faceapp #pointreyes #norcal - 1 day ago

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Lake Tahoe is cool and all but if you hop on a trail up out of there and into the mountains to the west it's like... a picturesque montage of all your skinny dippin' alpine lake dreams. Pick a lake, any lake, they're everywhere and they are magnificent. Desolation Wilderness is a crazy place on this planet.

A year ago today, reminder courtesy of Google photos. I love seeing where I was on my hike at different points during the summer. Some photos are just fun reminiscing material, and others transport me back to a very particular headspace and feeling. This photo is a little of both, and this day was defined by one overarching theme: Wonder. 
What a time it was, each day discovering new things in and out of myself. Like the perfect pairing of a can of Coke and a fresh peach, how increasingly difficult it is to motivate myself to jump into a cold body of water the longer I stand there staring at it, and that forgotten knowledge we all have as a kid... you can have a lot of fun all by yourself. 
#pct2018 #desolationwilderness #alpinelakes #lakealoha #dickspass #norcal #sierranevada #sheexplores #womenwhohike #trekthepct #thruhike #googlephotos #goldenhour #optoutside #rei1440project #thruhiker #mountainscape #pastelsky #naturephotography #iphonephotography

Lake Tahoe is cool and all but if you hop on a trail up out of there and into the mountains to the west it's like... a picturesque montage of all your skinny dippin' alpine lake dreams. Pick a lake, any lake, they're everywhere and they are magnificent. Desolation Wilderness is a crazy place on this planet. A year ago today, reminder courtesy of Google photos. I love seeing where I was on my hike at different points during the summer. Some photos are just fun reminiscing material, and others transport me back to a very particular headspace and feeling. This photo is a little of both, and this day was defined by one overarching theme: Wonder. What a time it was, each day discovering new things in and out of myself. Like the perfect pairing of a can of Coke and a fresh peach, how increasingly difficult it is to motivate myself to jump into a cold body of water the longer I stand there staring at it, and that forgotten knowledge we all have as a kid... you can have a lot of fun all by yourself. #pct2018 #desolationwilderness #alpinelakes #lakealoha #dickspass #norcal #sierranevada #sheexplores #womenwhohike #trekthepct #thruhike #googlephotos #goldenhour #optoutside #rei1440project #thruhiker #mountainscape #pastelsky #naturephotography #iphonephotography - 3 days ago

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America is, actually, really freaking beautiful. Like, *kind of* on the inside, but ***definitely*** on the outside.

Mount Baden-Powell 2018

#fourth #americaisbeautiful #publiclands #angelesnationalforest #sangabrielmountains #abovethefog #limberpine #pct2018 #thruhike #summitpic

America is, actually, really freaking beautiful. Like, *kind of* on the inside, but ***definitely*** on the outside. Mount Baden-Powell 2018 #fourth #americaisbeautiful #publiclands #angelesnationalforest #sangabrielmountains #abovethefog #limberpine #pct2018 #thruhike #summitpic - 13 days ago

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I took an enneagram quiz to find out what all the hype was about and because there are few ways I love wasting time more than diving into a personality assessment. 
The quiz posed a series of statements I had to rate how hard I relate to between "no," "partly," and "yes." When the statement, "I secretly fear deprivation and being without the nicer things in life" came up, I was pretty proud I could answer a hearty, certain "no." But then again, maybe I just have a different definition of "the nicer things" (see above). Photo from last August camping with Drippy in the Goat Rocks. (and I'm a type 4 with a 5 wing, if you were wondering)

#camping #wilderness #thenicerthings #deprivation #optoutside #thruhiking #pct2018 #goatrockswilderness #washingtonstate #thruhike #pct #campsitegoals #nemotents #bigagnestents #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #rei1440project #takelessdomore #withguthook

I took an enneagram quiz to find out what all the hype was about and because there are few ways I love wasting time more than diving into a personality assessment. The quiz posed a series of statements I had to rate how hard I relate to between "no," "partly," and "yes." When the statement, "I secretly fear deprivation and being without the nicer things in life" came up, I was pretty proud I could answer a hearty, certain "no." But then again, maybe I just have a different definition of "the nicer things" (see above). Photo from last August camping with Drippy in the Goat Rocks. (and I'm a type 4 with a 5 wing, if you were wondering) #camping #wilderness #thenicerthings #deprivation #optoutside #thruhiking #pct2018 #goatrockswilderness #washingtonstate #thruhike #pct #campsitegoals #nemotents #bigagnestents #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #rei1440project #takelessdomore #withguthook - 16 days ago

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I’m a writer. I’ve always written and always will. When my writing is personal, as it usually is, there’s a couple ways I tend to do it:

There’s writing for me, the thoughts, feelings, lists, and questions that spill from my overthinking mind through a Sharpie pen onto graph paper. It’s unedited and free and completely honest since, as far as I know at the time of writing it, no one but I will ever read it. I find snippets of these thought dumps in iPhone notes and on old pieces of paper and relish the emotionally saturated, unfiltered vignettes of exactly what I was thinking and feeling at a particular moment on a particular day.

Then there’s the writing I do on here and for my blog. It’s honest, too, but it’s thought out. Polished. Performative? Longer, broader pieces come together after days of mulling over an idea or collection of ideas, typing and re-typing sentences, and trying to get out of my head enough to predict what you’ll think when you read it.

Most of what I wrote on the PCT was that first type: Introspective, raw, and adorably unaware of all the ways my plans would unravel and come back together into balls of unexpected adventure, joy, and loss. 
Reflecting on my experiences from a year away is fun and continues to help me grow, but the ability to immerse myself in the feelings I felt when I was ON that mountain or WITH those people or IN that borrowed hostel t-shirt is one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself.

Our memories are unreliable at best. Each time we recall a memory, we write over it a little with new information, so any memory has the potential to change a great deal over time. But what I have is three brown paper Moleskines full of experiences, perfectly preserved. If I ever doubt why I went out there, what I got out of it, or why I want to go back, I’ve got the receipts.

I find these worth sharing simply for the window they provide into one person’s experience living in the wilderness for 6 months. You can read what I journaled a year ago today through the link in my bio. I was in Yosemite Valley (pictured), taking a short-break-turned-extended-vacation, starting to figure out I might be a badass.

#pct #pct2018 #thruhike

I’m a writer. I’ve always written and always will. When my writing is personal, as it usually is, there’s a couple ways I tend to do it: There’s writing for me, the thoughts, feelings, lists, and questions that spill from my overthinking mind through a Sharpie pen onto graph paper. It’s unedited and free and completely honest since, as far as I know at the time of writing it, no one but I will ever read it. I find snippets of these thought dumps in iPhone notes and on old pieces of paper and relish the emotionally saturated, unfiltered vignettes of exactly what I was thinking and feeling at a particular moment on a particular day. Then there’s the writing I do on here and for my blog. It’s honest, too, but it’s thought out. Polished. Performative? Longer, broader pieces come together after days of mulling over an idea or collection of ideas, typing and re-typing sentences, and trying to get out of my head enough to predict what you’ll think when you read it. Most of what I wrote on the PCT was that first type: Introspective, raw, and adorably unaware of all the ways my plans would unravel and come back together into balls of unexpected adventure, joy, and loss. Reflecting on my experiences from a year away is fun and continues to help me grow, but the ability to immerse myself in the feelings I felt when I was ON that mountain or WITH those people or IN that borrowed hostel t-shirt is one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself. Our memories are unreliable at best. Each time we recall a memory, we write over it a little with new information, so any memory has the potential to change a great deal over time. But what I have is three brown paper Moleskines full of experiences, perfectly preserved. If I ever doubt why I went out there, what I got out of it, or why I want to go back, I’ve got the receipts. I find these worth sharing simply for the window they provide into one person’s experience living in the wilderness for 6 months. You can read what I journaled a year ago today through the link in my bio. I was in Yosemite Valley (pictured), taking a short-break-turned-extended-vacation, starting to figure out I might be a badass. #pct #pct2018 #thruhike - 18 days ago

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This could be #hikertrashvogue , but I think @twerkinthedirt has a rule about smiling.

Pic by @camo_lot from a luxurious trail nero west of Mount Shasta last September. Enlightened Equipment 10 degree gown styled by me 💁🏼 #hikertrashvogue #htv #hikertrashvoguetuesday #norcal #mtshasta #thruhiking #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #womenwhohike #enlightenedequipment #alpinelake #hikecalifornia #fashion

This could be #hikertrashvogue , but I think @twerkinthedirt has a rule about smiling. Pic by @camo_lot from a luxurious trail nero west of Mount Shasta last September. Enlightened Equipment 10 degree gown styled by me 💁🏼 #hikertrashvogue #htv #hikertrashvoguetuesday #norcal #mtshasta #thruhiking #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #womenwhohike #enlightenedequipment #alpinelake #hikecalifornia #fashion - 23 days ago

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It took years of telling myself I need to go to therapy to ACTUALLY start going to therapy but I started going to therapy and so far I have mixed feelings about it, akin to the mixed feelings I have toward asparagus and classical music, i.e. I enjoy and knowingly benefit from it but I don't feel... excited? about it? Until I'm in it. 
What I am excited about is one of the several conclusions that's come from my sessions thus far, and that is:

I'm ready for a thru hike. I've been ready but now I'm really ready to commit and shift focus and talk about it and make meaningful progress toward finishing what I set out to do in 2018.

See, I miss the trail. It wasn't an experience of uninterrupted joy by any means, but it was a place of clarity and purpose. I knew what I was doing, and it meant something to me. Now, I'm drawn back to the simplicity and connection of nature, but also to go back out there and challenge myself further. I want to push myself past what I think are my limits, and find out what lies beyond.

PCT 2020. Consider this the official announcement. The hardest part starts now: Saving money, prepping mind and body, and staying motivated to get to the trailhead in 9-10 months. 
This thru hike will be the first step in a larger goal I've set for myself to hike all 11 National Scenic Trails. They comprise about 18,425 miles in total. So be on the lookout for my completion post in about... 20 years 😅

But first, we goin' back to Cali. Back to Mile 0. 
pic from around this time last year when @camo_lot tracked me down in a Mammoth Lakes campground. 
#pct2020 #goals #hikinggoals #nationalscenictrails #nationaltrailssystemact #protectpubliclands #hikeacrossamerica #womenwhohike #pct2018 #optoutside #nemotents #enlightenedequipment #klymit #gototherapy #thruhiking #thruhike #2600 #pacificcresttrail #withguthook

It took years of telling myself I need to go to therapy to ACTUALLY start going to therapy but I started going to therapy and so far I have mixed feelings about it, akin to the mixed feelings I have toward asparagus and classical music, i.e. I enjoy and knowingly benefit from it but I don't feel... excited? about it? Until I'm in it. What I am excited about is one of the several conclusions that's come from my sessions thus far, and that is: I'm ready for a thru hike. I've been ready but now I'm really ready to commit and shift focus and talk about it and make meaningful progress toward finishing what I set out to do in 2018. See, I miss the trail. It wasn't an experience of uninterrupted joy by any means, but it was a place of clarity and purpose. I knew what I was doing, and it meant something to me. Now, I'm drawn back to the simplicity and connection of nature, but also to go back out there and challenge myself further. I want to push myself past what I think are my limits, and find out what lies beyond. PCT 2020. Consider this the official announcement. The hardest part starts now: Saving money, prepping mind and body, and staying motivated to get to the trailhead in 9-10 months. This thru hike will be the first step in a larger goal I've set for myself to hike all 11 National Scenic Trails. They comprise about 18,425 miles in total. So be on the lookout for my completion post in about... 20 years 😅 But first, we goin' back to Cali. Back to Mile 0. pic from around this time last year when @camo_lot tracked me down in a Mammoth Lakes campground. #pct2020 #goals #hikinggoals #nationalscenictrails #nationaltrailssystemact #protectpubliclands #hikeacrossamerica #womenwhohike #pct2018 #optoutside #nemotents #enlightenedequipment #klymit #gototherapy #thruhiking #thruhike #2600 #pacificcresttrail #withguthook - 24 days ago

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Think about you boys every day. 
Thanks Steve for the pic.

#summer #hiking #pct #tramily #foresterpass #highsierra #funsuffering #pct2018 #postholing #homegirl #huck #spits #tunes #thruhiking

Think about you boys every day. Thanks Steve for the pic. #summer #hiking #pct #tramily #foresterpass #highsierra #funsuffering #pct2018 #postholing #homegirl #huck #spits #tunes #thruhiking - 26 days ago

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"Even now, when I walk around a corner I anticipate that something pleasurable might happen, the next act in a process of perpetual seduction." - Elaine Sciolino, "La Seduction"

I first heard about this book during my semester abroad in Paris. I was on a podcast marathon trying to pass what ended up being a 10-hour wait in line visit Tour Paris 13 before it was demolished. I was intrigued by Rick Steves's interview with Sciolino and made a mental note to read the book eventually. 
Well, it took me six years, but I can finally cross "La Seduction" off my list and move on to recommending it to any and everyone. "La Seduction" by @elainesciolino is a journalistic deep-dive into the art of seduction as a key to understanding France and the French. If you, like me, have a mysterious, persisting, oddly emotional attraction to France, its people, its food, and its culture and an equal love for funny, informative, and specific nonfiction, read this book. I can't wait to read more by this author. 
Next on my list: "The Pursuit of Endurance" by @jenpharrdavis 
Photo from @kittymeowery and my walk through golden Aix-en-Provence in the footsteps of Cezanne, April 2019.

#laseduction #bookreview #elainesciolino #aixenprovence #southoffrance #provence #cezanne #lafrance #frenchculture #greatrreads

"Even now, when I walk around a corner I anticipate that something pleasurable might happen, the next act in a process of perpetual seduction." - Elaine Sciolino, "La Seduction" I first heard about this book during my semester abroad in Paris. I was on a podcast marathon trying to pass what ended up being a 10-hour wait in line visit Tour Paris 13 before it was demolished. I was intrigued by Rick Steves's interview with Sciolino and made a mental note to read the book eventually. Well, it took me six years, but I can finally cross "La Seduction" off my list and move on to recommending it to any and everyone. "La Seduction" by @elainesciolino is a journalistic deep-dive into the art of seduction as a key to understanding France and the French. If you, like me, have a mysterious, persisting, oddly emotional attraction to France, its people, its food, and its culture and an equal love for funny, informative, and specific nonfiction, read this book. I can't wait to read more by this author. Next on my list: "The Pursuit of Endurance" by @jenpharrdavis Photo from @kittymeowery and my walk through golden Aix-en-Provence in the footsteps of Cezanne, April 2019. #laseduction #bookreview #elainesciolino #aixenprovence #southoffrance #provence #cezanne #lafrance #frenchculture #greatrreads - 1 month ago

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HFD to Piggott, Arkansas' finest and fanciest export, Joseph Mowery. I'm proud he's my dad and even prouder I got to put him through his first night in a tent. 
Willkommen in Leavenworth! Love you!

#dadday #willkommen #pct2018 #detours #quicktriptovancouver #brokentoothbaguette #piggottsfinest #happyfathersday #washingtonstate

HFD to Piggott, Arkansas' finest and fanciest export, Joseph Mowery. I'm proud he's my dad and even prouder I got to put him through his first night in a tent. Willkommen in Leavenworth! Love you! #dadday #willkommen #pct2018 #detours #quicktriptovancouver #brokentoothbaguette #piggottsfinest #happyfathersday #washingtonstate - 1 month ago

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Yosemite keeps popping into my mind. I hitched into the valley to take a day or two off, which eventually turned into a hyper-indulgent week of zeros.

That time was defined by loneliness and frustration and self-doubt. I had just made it through the hardest section of trail for me mentally, spent 3 days with friends from home, and then found myself between hiker bubbles, far from my trail family.

My little Yosemite vacation was a revelation in terms of how many things I can want at once that totally contradict each other. What's the saying, I contain multitudes? I was thrilled to be in Yosemite, humbled by the grandeur of it all, relieved to be off the PCT, out of the snow, away from the mosquitoes. I was also lonely as hell, disappointed in myself for taking so much time off trail, scared of what that decision would mean for the rest of my budget and friendships and fitness and chances of completing a thru hike. Around I spun on the hamster wheel of worry.

With so much time and distance between me and my thru hike, it's easy to look back on my digital and mental pictures from California, Oregon, and Washington and see only beauty. But a little digging reminds me: the highs were always bookended by lows, the downhills preceded by climbs, the desert hot and harsh and the mountains cold and unforgiving.

And that's all ok. Struggle makes beauty endure. .

#pct2018 #yosemite #yosemitevalley #elcap #optoutside #thruhiking #thruhiker #upsanddowns #containmultitudes #pctblog #highsierra #california #bluehour #naturephotography #iphonephotography

Yosemite keeps popping into my mind. I hitched into the valley to take a day or two off, which eventually turned into a hyper-indulgent week of zeros. That time was defined by loneliness and frustration and self-doubt. I had just made it through the hardest section of trail for me mentally, spent 3 days with friends from home, and then found myself between hiker bubbles, far from my trail family. My little Yosemite vacation was a revelation in terms of how many things I can want at once that totally contradict each other. What's the saying, I contain multitudes? I was thrilled to be in Yosemite, humbled by the grandeur of it all, relieved to be off the PCT, out of the snow, away from the mosquitoes. I was also lonely as hell, disappointed in myself for taking so much time off trail, scared of what that decision would mean for the rest of my budget and friendships and fitness and chances of completing a thru hike. Around I spun on the hamster wheel of worry. With so much time and distance between me and my thru hike, it's easy to look back on my digital and mental pictures from California, Oregon, and Washington and see only beauty. But a little digging reminds me: the highs were always bookended by lows, the downhills preceded by climbs, the desert hot and harsh and the mountains cold and unforgiving. And that's all ok. Struggle makes beauty endure. . #pct2018 #yosemite #yosemitevalley #elcap #optoutside #thruhiking #thruhiker #upsanddowns #containmultitudes #pctblog #highsierra #california #bluehour #naturephotography #iphonephotography - 1 month ago

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