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Juan de Fuca Hike

Kristin Harl & MA selfie on trail

Hiking the Juan de Fuca

Harl, MA & Kristin, hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail, Aug 2021

“It was my life – like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.”

– Cheryl Strayed, “Wild”

Hope you had a wonderful summer! 

As you may recall, a couple of months ago I blogged about the movie, “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon. The film was based on the book, “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed. Both book and movie are brilliant!

After watching the film, “Wild,” a couple of months ago, I was inspired to go on some sort of overnight hike myself. And the first person who came to mind to accompany me on this adventure was Harleigh – the 24-year-old daughter of my dear friend, Kristin.

I texted Harleigh to run the idea by her. She loved it! So much so, that she wrangled her mom into joining us 🙂 then started making plans for our hiking adventure. We chose the Juan de Fuca Trail, on southern Vancouver Island.

The next thing Kristin and I knew, we were marching (some might say staggering, very slowly, beneath our packs) behind Harleigh, down the first leg of the trail to Mystic Beach.

It was an incredible few days! Harleigh planned the trip perfectly. The hiking was challenging but enjoyable because we didn’t try to do too much in a day. And the scenery was stunning!

You can view a short video (90 sec) here…enjoy!

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Maryanne Pope is the author of “A Widow’s Awakening.” She also writes screenplays, playscripts and blogs. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and a Director with the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. To receive her blog, “Weekly Words of Wisdom,” please subscribe here.

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2 thoughts on “Juan de Fuca Hike”

  1. Hmmm…that is strange! You should be able to watch it without a login. Other viewers have been able to. Perhaps try this link again: & let me know if you still get that login prompt. You should be able to just click on the play button at the bottom of the video. Hope it works!

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