She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.
Our marriage is full of Paper Hugs, and I really feel like going the distance to get a real one. I will start in California and hike north on the Pacific Crest Trail all the way up to Washington, where my husband is. I estimate that this long distance backpacking trip will take nearly 3 months.
This hike symbolizes my commitment and devotion. There will be peaks and valleys along the way on this trip, just as in our life together. Most of our communication is virtual right now (emails, blogging, social media, etc.). I just feel like I need to do something physical to make this marriage feel more real to me.
The romantic in me is doing this for my marriage. But I am also doing it for myself. To heal. To accept. To experience. To find my truth. To feel alive. And to feel a sense of personal accomplishment.
This will be a self-test to gauge how strong I really am and will show me that I am capable of anything I set my mind to. I need this to help push me out of my comfort zone. It will be physically & mentally challenging, no doubt. However, the spiritual rewards could be life-changing.
As I travel within the beauty of nature and within the beauty of myself, I will simultaneously be traveling towards my wonderful husband, Steven, whom I love and miss dearly. Knowing that every single step will literally unite us, is such a beautiful feeling inside me right now. I’m excited for this journey I am embarking on! Love will be my compass as I hike 1,000 miles to hug my husband.
I’d like to ask for your support & encouragement during this trip. Thanks everyone!