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Wild in the North Country – Part Six

By Michele Oberholtzer On Ending Day 44, Mile 700 This morning I decided to wake up early to watch the sunrise from my camp at Moskey Basin on Isle Royale. It was cold and I was tired. I packed up everything but my sleeping bag and curled up in it, leaning against my pack and […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Five

By Michele Oberholtzer On Being Lost Day 32, Mile 483 I think I’m in an abusive relationship with the trail. When I lose it, I curse it, swear I don’t need it and I’m better off without it. And then, invariably, as soon as I see a blue blaze I am flooded with relief and […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Four

By Michele Oberholtzer Lake Superior Day 20, Mile 243 I have not spoken all day. I did not intentionally try to do it, it’s just that I never had reason to say anything. I am fairly certain I haven’t had a full silent day since I spoke my first word as a child. Yesterday I […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Three

By Michele Oberholtzer The Upper Peninsula Day 15, Mile 211 I arrived in Mackinaw City wet from the pouring rain and angry at myself for getting lost. I decided to get a hotel room even though that feels indulgent and wimpy and lazy. There was a massive storm at night. I ran around taking pictures […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Two

By Michele Oberholtzer On Curing Myself Day 7, Mile 91 Today I crossed the 45th parallel in a place called the Jordan River Valley. For a long time I have been searching for a way to differentiate the past from the future, a reason why tomorrow will be different from yesterday. There have been countless […]

Wild in the North Country – Part One

By Michele Oberholtzer I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things, I was as searching as I was skeptical. – Cheryl Strayed The book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed relays her moving personal journey through the lens of a 3-month solo expedition across the Pacific Crest Trail. It […]