Cat’s Don’t Camp

Cat’s Don’t Camp

Some time in early 2013 Kerry “Cyndi Loppers” Stewart, a forensic investigator assistant from Houston, Texas, decided she would through-hike the Appalachian Trail, by herself, in 2015. On May 9, 2013 she began a blog so she could share the process of making her dream a reality. She also recognized the blog as a commitment device: “There is a certain motivation that comes with letting people in on your crazy idea; Now you gotta follow through with it!”

Her first camping experience was in 2010 at age 28 and her first solo camping adventure was at the Big Thicket National Preserve in 2013. So, how does this married woman with a son in high school, a job and zero long-distance backpacking experience change her life around to make her hike a reality? That’s what the blog is about, well that and how her plans intersect with her cats. It’s an enjoyable and humorous look at what happens when you take two years to prepare for a life-changing solo hike from Georgia to Maine.

I started reading her first post¬†and moved forward in time via the links beneath each post. Besides reminding me of Erma Bombeck, Lopper’s stories include photos and product reviews. She also reviews items she makes for herself and provides links to opportunities to purchase or learn more about the items she uses.

I highly recommend this blog to anyone that has thought of and rejected the idea of hiking the Appalachian, Continental Divide or Pacific Crest Trails. You might be able to revive the idea and carry through on it.

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” – Erma Bombeck

2 Responses to “Cat’s Don’t Camp”

  1. Kerry says:

    Thank you for recommending my blog! I’m always happy when I find out that someone other than just my mother-in-law is reading. Also, I promise I don’t sit around Googling myself.

  2. Hi Kerry, You do produce a great blog – I enjoy it. Hey, I see the Appalachian Trail Conservancy wants people to register before they set off on through hikes. Check out the process at: http://www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/thru-hike-registration
    The idea is to schedule hikers to reduce congestion in some areas.
    Best wishes,
    -Jerry-

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