Where I Have Been

There’s been a lag in the Snuggle Diaries and here’s why:

In the last two weeks, I haven’t posted anything simply because my daily routine seems pretty much the same. Although always a relief and refreshing, I am running the same path in an effort to stay away from others as much as possible and hiking almost that exact same path that I run for the same reasons. Doing this has become more like a habit and not as inspiring as usual runs and hikes are to me.

I have not gone out on any new adventures due to shelter at home orders and of course social distancing which prevents me from engaging with my close hiking pals. At the end of May, I had a plane ticket to Indiana to visit friends and family and of course my beloved Bowie and this too has been canceled. As with everyone right now, trips are on hold for me which is another typical form of inspiration for diary posts.

What am I doing during my non-hiking and running time? Reading a lot! This means for you I will be discussing a few books related to hiking or travel that I have finished coming up soon. Also, I am lucky enough to say I have been working. My hours have been pretty wacky leaving me to sleep through posting a diary but as considered an essential worker having employment at a grocery store, I am very thankful for the job.

I refuse to post anything on my blog that I am feeling lackluster about and this is why I haven’t been posting. I am hopeful to get back to the groove when the world opens back up. Until then I may just post old journal entries as I find them or book reviews as I finish them. In the meantime, please continue to take care of yourself and check in with family and friends. If you go to the grocery, please also wear a mask and continue to social distance, for me, please.


(Bloomin Cacti) 

Other Stuff You Can Check Out During This Slower Paced Time:

My Book: Mini Misadventures

Instagram: The_snuggle_diaries  

Don’t Forget! I have over three years of blog posts! Check them all out on the main Snuggle Diary Page!!!!


Thought-Provoking Feel-Goods


7/24/18 – Carson, WA

This is probably one of my favorite campsites. I slept so well last night; very few mosquitos, campfire smells, dense trees, and the sounds of flowing water in the creek. Wonderful.

I found this little bit of a journal entry and reread it a couple of times. I found it pleasing to read and found myself being transported back to that time in 2018. Fumbling around a few other entries, I found some quotes and such that I’ve recorded over the years, and the feel-good and thought-provoking vibes continued. Thus I share the following with you to help spread some good vibes in these wackiest of times.


Start where you are. This is very important…Just where you are – that’s the place to start.

Pema Chodron 


Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.

     – Will Rogers


If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.

 – Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey 


Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it, or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.

       – Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck


In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


There are bumps in the road on this journey home.

Adriene (YWA)


I realized long ago that it is only a case of a few years for an actress before she gradually and sometimes almost in prospectively loses popularity and younger ones start to take her place. Look at some of the one-time famous stars of a few years ago, whoever hears of them now? Most of them are unhappy and rather bewildered. It’s pretty hard to have your lifelong career at an end so I decided long ago that I wasn’t going to be one of them, that the years are not going to bother me as they do so many of my colleges.  Wrinkles won’t worry me, neither will increasing weight because as long as I can use my head it won’t matter how I look.

  – Thelma Todd


You validate people’s lives by your attention.



One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.

Linda Poindexter, as found posted at a PCT Trailhead in California 


Other Stuff I’m Doing, Done, or Did:

My Book: Mini Misadventures

Instagram: The_snuggle_diaries  

Looking for something to read to kill some time? I have over three years of blog posts! Check them all out on the main Snuggle Diary Page!!!!


Stuff I’ve Been Doing…

A List Of Random Things I’ve Been Doing…It’s not very exciting. 


  • Yoga (YWA to be more specific)


  • Running (mostly street runs, trying to stay off trails as they are crowded)


  • Going on walks (sometimes even with Darwin)


  • Watching movies and documentaries (yes, I’ve watched Tiger King)


  • Coloring in my “My Little Pony” Coloring Book (often while listening to Dr. Sleep)


  • Listening to audiobooks (currently listening to Dr. Sleep by Stephen King)


  • Reading a physical book (currently reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara)


  • Coming to terms with how dark my current reading material is while writing this list…


  • Trying to support local businesses when I need something or maybe not exactly need but want (like another good book…)


  • Looking over old photos and some small pieces of footage with Darwin from our 2015 Appalachian Trail Hike


  • Working on a 1,000-piece puzzle (I realize now why I don’t like puzzles but also realizing how addicting they are…I gotta finish it!)


  • Reorganizing/Cleaning anything I can find


  • Constantly washing my hands


  • Constantly wanting to touch my face


  • Trying to stay out of Darwin’s videos since he’s filming inside these days


  • Calling or Facetiming with friends (having some type of human interaction is a  must)


  • Regularly trying to Facetime with my dog Bowie who lives in Indiana (she’s not much of a talker so these attempts usually end up being a conversation between my Mom and me)


What have you been up too? Leave a comment below and let me know!


Other Stuff I’m Doing, Done, or Did:

My Book: Mini Misadventures

Instagram: The_snuggle_diaries  

Looking for something to read to kill some time? I have over three years of blog posts! Check them all out on the main Snuggle Diary Page!!!!