Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.

Mary Caroline Richard

I  love  LIVE  to hike!


Balega is a Zulu word that means "move with speed." I'm happy to move with comfort, blister-free and in a spectacular array of colors.

Balega Socks contest!

Enter to win three pairs of Balega Socks, the best blister-resist, non-slouching, foot-massaging socks for the long haul!

  1. Write a review of The Pee Rag at Apple Podcasts
  2. Take a screen shot of your review
  3. post on Instagram or Facebook and tag @blissfulhiker

Deadline Monday, Sept. 28 at midnight!


Hello! I’m the voracious long distance walker and backpacker, Alison Young. I walked New Zealand’ s challenging Te Araroa and the classic Pacific Crest Trail in one year!

I guess it’s fair to say, I live to hike!

I got hooked on walking the first time my dad took me to Yosemite at age 13. next hike? The Continental Divide Trail.

I invite you to follow along on the journey, and share yours too!

btw…you can watch my presentation of Te Araroa, tramping New Zealand’s long pathway at your leisure “on demand!”

Posted by Alison Young on Tuesday, July 28, 2020