Pretty exciting that Lady on a Rock adventure blog has been around 5 years tomorrow. This month marks the celebration of my first blog entry. Five years old is very ancient in blog years.
When I started this journey, there were few woman hiking bloggers. Now, it has become common for women to write online about their experiences. Very exciting.
Also, at the beginning, few bloggers used their “real” name online. The social media craze was just starting to accelerate. The iPhone produced poor quality video and photos compared to now. Uploading photos to a blog post from the iPhone was slow and tedious. Just posting a few photos with cell service took a long time. And more importantly hiking solo, as a woman, was not common place.
Readers, you have followed along with me…
- First blog entry, “Why Didn’t I think of this Before” – January 29, 2010
- First trail photos were all taken and uploaded from an iPhone 3 powered with a small Surge Solar Charger and no spell check back then.
- First blog comment, my daughter Emily, on “To My Daughter: A Woman’s Hiking Blog”
“You make me cry, I love you too, and am SO proud to call you my mom, friend, and teacher, and am honored and humbled to have something so monumental dedicated to me! I’m so excited to follow your upcoming adventure more closely this summer via this blog! I admire your drive, dedication and free spirit! You ROCK! “BE SAFE, make good decisions, remember your please and thank yous,” AND HAVE FUN 😉 Love you!”
- First hiking gear list “2010 PCT Gear“
- First food post, “Let the Packing Begin“
- First “Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off” ADZPCTKO
- Three firsts: First post from the trail, first photo of myself from my iPhone, and first day hiking solo EVER, “June 12 – Surprises“
- First gear review, “The North Face Women’s Stretch Diad Jacket – My Take“
- First hiker I met on the trail – “Tomer from Israel“
- First comment from a total stranger,it was a shock, from “eArThworm, “Enjoying your blog immensely. I’m sure you’ll soon learn that ‘water CACHE’ is the correct spelling. :-))”
- First famous quote was posted on “Gas and the PCT”
“I knew that if you look after the ounces the pounds look after themselves”
Colin Fletcher, The Thousand Mile Summer
- Who is this Lady on a Rock anyway? From blog entry “June 28 – Lady on a Rock”
“This is the location of Lady on a Rock (north of Muir Pass on the JMT). You see it is not me, but a woman I met briefly at this location on the trail a couple of years ago. She was resting on a rock and I stopped to talk with her a bit. She told me she was a retired flight attendant from Chicago and had been hiking sections for a few years to complete the entire Pacific Crest Trail and she was solo. She even said that her family jokes that if she dies before it is completed they will have to carry her ashes to finish the trail. WELL, just this small moment in time with this lady on a rock gave me the courage and inspiration that I too could do it. So here I am. Thank you Lady on a Rock! This is a pic of the approximate location and of course the only rock I could find that was visible (frozen Wanda Lake is in the distance). So cool.”
Update: Through a friend of Wired and Facebook, last year I connected with Marilyn, the real life Lady on a Rock. She continues to hike and enjoy the outdoors. Now that is pretty neat!
- The day I got my trail name, Rockin’ “Trail Names at Last“
- Most all time popular page on Lady on a Rock “Gear Lists and Yearly Favorites“
- Posts with the highest hits, “2013 Continental Divide Trail Gear List” and “Joshua Tree National Park Loop Backpack“
- Most popular videos on You Tube, “Life on the PCT 2012 – Just for Fun“, “John Muir Trail 2012“
- Lady on a Rock has been viewed by 176 countries (there are 196, I googled it).
- Top emailed questions by readers: something about photos (my camera and photo editing) and gear.
- My favorite post: Anything from the trail, they are raw and take everything I’ve got to write while super tired in a tent. I treasure those memories the most.
- Majority of blog posts on this site have been written on trail, in a tent and posted when cell service is available.