These may be trips with hubby or others, or trips including hikes.

A few trials, trips, & a trail

Well, I’ve been kind of busy, and definitely a bit down on the idea that I don’t get to do my hike just yet. But I have no reason to mope, and so I won’t! I’ve recently taken on a second job, to help us get things going back on track. The best part is that I LOVE it! I get to help people pick out clothes and gear for their outdoor activities! So much fun! In March, our family took a trip to North Carolina to see our girl and her new husband, for Easter. It was fun! I love my daughter, and it was wonderful to see her in her own home, and doing her best with her life. She lives about 5 hours from the AT. I’d be there every weekend, if I did. But that’s me..

.Road Trip to NCHot Dog StopTanner missing the Mississippi

Our Family!My girl and her man

We’d never been to Raleigh, or Goldsboro, so got to add those to our list of 25 new places. We also stopped at a BBQ joint in Tennessee, so we could add that place too! We loved taking the boys. It’s been a while since our whole family went on a trip together. Memories were made. And that’s pretty important!

A couple of weekends ago, I had both days off, so B and I went to a lake. We took a little hike/walk and saw some beauty right here in Missouri!Harry Truman State Park


Heading out on the Bluff Trail Morels and Trailhead excitement!

Truman Lake

Bluff trail overlooking the lake

So, now I’m in a boot, and working lots of hours. And reading about others’ adventures. Life can’t be all trips and trails, right? Today, might be more trials, but life’s not just that either, and the triumphs will come, soon!


The blog name says it all!

I’ve been thinking about this blog, and my plans. I’ve not given them up. Just as I’m not giving up on myself in other areas. But I chose this blog name for a reason. In life, as in so many things, there are ups and downs. Trials and Triumphs. And we have just gone through some. So, here we are! It’s 2016, and we have trips ahead, and trails to conquer! I love to spend January planning things for the rest of the year. Since my husband has been out of a job, and only recently started working outside our home, again, I’ve had to be hesitant about my January planning. However! We have made some plans! And we’ve already been on a trip, and found some trails!

Hopefully, the jobless part (definitely a trial!) is over at least for the foreseeable future. Next up was a great triumph, in getting him back to work! Since we had checked those two off by mid January, it was time to take a quick trip! Our anniversary comes at the end of the year, and this past December, we celebrated 25 together! So, we agreed that this year, we will plan to go to 25 places we’ve not been to.

#1: New Mexico! Or more specifically, Tucumcari! Apparently, hubby knows a cartoon with Buster Bunny, who ends up wishing he’d have taken a left turn at Tucumcari. So, we stopped. Took pictures on Route 66, and headed further west.Tucumcari Route 66

#2: Albuquerque, New Mexico was our weekend destination. We spent a morning checking out the Petroglyphs in the area and enjoying the beautiful weather. Later, we took a ride on the Sandia Peak Sky Ride. 
another petroglyphtrail


I am starting to make plans for more adventures later in the spring, with a 2017 AT thruhiker hopeful. We’re planning to meet up in Arkansas for a couple days. And sometime, I am planning to do a solo hike. This is especially scary for me, but I need to do it.

I’m adding a link to an article I read today. I found it to be very helpful in thinking about different types of backpacking food.

Backpacker Food For 3 Extremes

The cable car hanging me and sandia peak

Thanks for joining me! Maybe this year will be a good opportunity for me to figure out the blogging scene!

“When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way.” Psalm 142:3a