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‘take-a-hike’ challenge day-4 keyword: dream

Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you. —Marsha Norman

How does the word ‘dream’ resonate as you take your walk today?

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Walk on and have fun!
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Anita Hike and Blissful 🐥👣🎒
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‘take-a-hike’ challenge day-3 keyword: courage

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. —e.e. cummings

How does the word ‘courage’ resonate as you take your walk today?

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‘take-a-hike’ challenge day-2 keyword: ‘bliss’

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. —Joseph Campbell

Join in the fun, be inspired, get involved, post your status update and don’t forget to tag our growing hiking community #blissfulhikers

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Anita Hike and Blissful 🐥👣🎒
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‘take-a-hike’ challenge day-1 keyword: beginning

Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful. —Prince

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Gear

post thru-hike gear wrapup: La Sportiva Akyra mountain running shoe


Shoe swap in Wellington, New Zealand.

You might recall that it was one year ago, while hiking the Coast-to-Coast and aliloop-of-the-lakes in England, that I became a true believer in using trail runners for backpacking. It turns out this is not just a fling. We’re talking full-on love affair made to last for the long haul and that’s because for the Te Araroa, I had fantastic results wearing La Sportiva Akyras. (full review and specs)

In the words of Saturday Night Live’s Stefon – New Zealand has everything: the steepest climbs and the nastiest descents on ankle-twisting rock and mud, narrow catwalks of tussock-covered strips-of-slip requiring the twinkle-toes accuracy of an Alex Honnold, miles and miles of sand and sea, plus water, water and more water in the form of streams, rivers, and wetlands. By day five, my Akyras were sandblasted and mud-caked beyond recognition. But that’s just cosmetics. These babies kept me nimble and secure, one pair per island of over 2,000 miles walking.

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time to vote!

Vote for your top three favorite avatar names…
Deadline is Tuesday, April 23 at midnight

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I drew this little stick figure for my first class of Yoga and Your Flute back in the ’90s.

I am overjoyed with the number of entries I received on the website and on social media for this naming contest many replete with background stories and good vibes. While I convened a jury to select finalists – cos it was just SO many cool names! – I’ve included all the entries below for your pleasure.

Deadline is Tuesday, April 23 at midnight.

  • Ali, contented and contained
  • AliBliss
  • AliJoy
  • AliPeace
  • Alitar
  • Anita Hike
  • Araroa
  • Avi Avitar
  • Bliss
  • Blisskrieg
  • Chippie
  • Cute Little Stick Figure
  • Gaia
  • Happy Heels
  • HereNow
  • Karmali
  • Liv Tohyke
  • Lucine
  • Miss Nomer
  • Mountain Buddha
  • Ms. Namasteoffen
  • Namadon’tstae
  • NirvanAlison
  • NirvAnna
  • OMMM
  • Reflections
  • shank’s mare
  • simplify, simplify, simplify
  • Samadhi
  • Tenta
  • The Centered Hiker
  • The Goddess
  • The Present Hiker
  • walking stick