Self Care

Time for a hike

The past week hasn’t gone the way I’d planned at all. I was looking forward to sharing my “dinner with Dracula” with you (it was really more of an appetizer, but still). I’m just not able to stay ahead of this latest funk.

I’m back in the states, and I’ll be leaving for another long hike in a few days. Hiking is my drug of choice when the normal stuff fails to keep Eddie at bay (Eddie also goes by the far more clinical terms: depression, anxiety and PTSD). This time I’m hiking to Canada. Should be amazing. Fresh air, nature sounds, and plenty of time to regroup and reflect. There will be plenty of fall vistas to appreciate (and possibly a few winter whiteouts since the seasons change earlier up north).

I already miss Monica. I probably won’t miss washing dishes or doing laundry. I will definitely miss following your blogs while I’m prancing through the woods. But it’s time to take my medicine.

I probably won’t have the chance to blog, but I plan to share plenty of pictures of beautiful landscapes marred by my increasingly scruffy mug via Facebook if you’d like to follow along.


Really looking forward to catching up when I return!


P.S. I’ll do my best to respond to comments, and I hope you’ll understand that my tardiness isn’t a reflection of your awesome words of wisdom/encouragement/humor etc.



  • Reply Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC August 20, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Have a WONDERFUL time, Gabe! Good for you for making sure that Eddy doesn’t take over – but tell the truth — are you even a little bit eager to escaper househusbandry for a bit? lol

    Bring some of those photos over here when you get back. We’ll be waiting!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • Reply Gabriel August 20, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks so much Madelyn and I hope Monica doesn’t see this 😉 I’ve already given her far too many reasons to suspect my dedication to my duties…

  • Reply Bel August 20, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I’m pretty sure this is exactly what you need. Just take the time to do the things you love and it will give you the strength to overcome the demons. Enjoy hiking in Canada – what an adventure 😊

    • Reply Gabriel August 20, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Bel and your right. I’ve been having a really difficult time staying ahead of the wave again, but fortunately, these getaways into nature are the perfect “ecotherapy” to help get people like us back in the game.

  • Reply globalhousesitterX2 August 21, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Have an amazing time Gabriel, and I love your drug of choice, it is mine too!! We will be busy travelling more at the end of the month when our long housesit is finished in Turkey. Then it will be more exploring and lots of walking for us. Have fun -)

    • Reply Gabriel August 21, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Sounds like you have a great month-and-more in store. Enjoy – and I’I’ll be sure to catch up when I return

  • Reply Didi August 21, 2017 at 12:22 am

    You made the right choice. Fighting against it when you know Eddy is faster than you this moment only exhausts you and he will eventually catch up anyway. It’s much better to do the things that give you energy and makes you faster than him so he’ll be left behind.

    Enjoy being in nature.

    • Reply Gabriel August 21, 2017 at 6:43 am

      Thanks Didi!

  • Reply George August 21, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Sounds an amazing hike you have planned. I hope it kicks Eddy into touch. Enjoy.

    • Reply Gabriel August 21, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Thanks George!

  • Reply amindfultravellerblog August 21, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Enjoy Gabe, have an awesome time doing your thing. Look forward to the posts to come… 🙂

  • Reply Mick Canning August 21, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Hope you have a fantastic trip, Gabe. Absolutely understand about the ‘drug of choice’! Looks like I’d better find you on Facebook.

  • Reply lisanne3015 August 21, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Nourish your soul, stay well, be well! Enjoy your hike.

    • Reply Gabriel August 21, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Thanks Lisa! U be sure to take care of U too. Rumor has it those who devote themselves to nurturing others sometimes forget to take time to refill their own tanks. (Probably not applicable in your case, but thought I’d put it out there just in case)

      • Reply lisanne3015 August 21, 2017 at 10:25 am

        Some say it is so!

        • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:11 am


  • Reply Maggie Wilson August 21, 2017 at 4:56 am

    You’re here?! HI! Hi there! Hi Gabe!!
    Perfect choice, if I do say so myself. Just visualizing the autumn colours relaxed me. And I’m in the middle of my two-cupper coffee wake-up routine! (Can you tell?)

    • Reply Gabriel August 21, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Hehege gotta love the caffeine kick-start😝

  • Reply sydspix August 21, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Have a fun hike! It sounds fabulous to get away from the craziness for a while! Look forward to your new images when you return.

  • Reply Jim Parker (aka Achin) August 21, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Gabe, remember several nights together in 2014 on the AT. Hope you enjoy your therapy adventure and time with our mutual friend Jeff. I follow your blogs and quickly read each one as I am notified of its posting. Achin

    • Reply Gabriel August 21, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Hey Achin! Thanks for following along brother. Paul Bunyan is a really great guy for hiking a section with me again isn’t he? I haven’t convinced him to become my Sherpa yet, but there’s still time 😝

  • Reply mydangblog August 21, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Wonderful–I hope you’re spending some time in Ontario (that’s my neck of the woods). There are pretty sweet places to hike here, although each province is scenic and special in is own way! I look forward to your return so I can hear about your Canadian adventure!

  • Reply Deets August 21, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Hi Shetch,
    I wish I could hike with you. Enjoy Canada and I hope it’s good therapy for you.

    • Reply Gabriel August 21, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Ur always welcome DEETS, I’ll be starting at the Mass/VT border and heading north.

  • Reply Tom Being Tom August 21, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Eddie won’t know what hit him. Enjoy the Great White(ish) North, my friend!

  • Reply jaicommunity August 21, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Have fun and looking forward to seeing your journey in photos.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

      This is a ridiculously late reply, but I wanted to say thanks for the comment and to reassure that I’ve collected LOTS of photos to share in the coming months. Hope to see you back.

  • Reply curioussteph August 21, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Have a wonderful and healing hike. You’re probably not inclined to take a real book with you, but a great one I just read is called Grandma Gatewoods walk. First woman to through hike the AT, a long time back.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:04 am

      I’m a big fan of Grandma Gatewood! Her simple and unsponsored approach to hiking is as inspiring as it is hilarious.

  • Reply Liesbet August 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Enjoy your hike and being in nature, Gabe! Will you be in BC, or the East coast? Wishing you peace of mind, silent vistas and backgounrd sounds of birds and streams.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:07 am

      Hey Liesbet, I know this reply is nearly a century late in internet time, but I had several amazing hikes. While I hiked Vermont, I let myself get sidetracked quite a few times. Made for a lot of travel (I was even forced to take the train once, despite my previously expressed reservations 😉 ) and plenty of new stories.

      Looking forward to catching up with your blog. Looks like everyone in the blogosphere has been BUSY!

  • Reply Jennifer August 21, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Be safe. Be well. Hike on.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:08 am

      Thanks so much Jen! I’m back safe and very well. Looking forward to catching up in the blogosphere. It’s been way too long!

  • Reply Writing to Freedom August 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Hiking in Canada sounds wonderful Gabe. I’m glad you’re taking time to care for yourself and recharge. I hope you find peace, refreshment and friendship with Eddie. Hugs and blessings, Brad

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:09 am

      Hey Brad! Thanks for the wonderful thoughts. Was an amazing experience. Not what I’d initially intended, but all the better as a result. I’ve finally found my way back to my blogging chair and am looking forward to getting caught up with yours. I suspect I have lots of catching up to do 🙂 Cheers!

      • Reply Writing to Freedom November 5, 2017 at 7:42 am

        Wonderful Gabe. I look forward to hearing about your misadventures and connecting. 🙂

  • Reply Andrea Stephenson August 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I hope hiking gives you everything you need Gabe and I’ll look forward to seeing you when you return.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:11 am

      I know this is a late response but wanted to say thanks and to let you know that hiking fulfilled th hopes u expressed (and more). Looking forward to catching up on your blog in the coming weeks!

      • Reply Andrea Stephenson November 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm

        Glad to see you back Gabe and I’ll catch up with you soon.

  • Reply Otto von Münchow August 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I hope you will enjoying hiking in Canada. Nature is great medicine no matter what. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:12 am

      So true Otto!

  • Reply rugby843 August 21, 2017 at 10:41 am

    What route are you taking north? I have a good old friend in VT near Burlington.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:13 am

      I know this is a ridiculously late response but wanted to say thanks for attempting to help me connect with a friend in Burlington. The hike was awesome, but its great to be back in my blogging chair again. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to for the past few months.!

      • Reply rugby843 November 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

        Hey I’ve missed you! Welcome back.

  • Reply Unbound Roots August 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Have a wonderful hike, and I look forward to hearing all about it!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:14 am

      late response, but wanted to say thanks and looking forward to catching up!

  • Reply Ann Coleman August 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Enjoy your hike, Gabe! Take all the time you need to keep yourself healthy and happy, and know that my good wishes are with you every step of the way. I’m looking forward to the photos when you get back!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:16 am

      Hey Ann! I’m back in my blogging chair again after a longer-than-expected “vacation.” Was amazing, and much-needed deprive, but seeing your comment brought back big smiles. Really excited to see what you’ve been up to for the past several months!

  • Reply August 21, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Have a wonderful hiking adventure, Gabe. Nature is the best tonic available for whatever life throws at us. Take good care, and take lots of pictures… we’ll be here waiting patiently for your return.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:17 am

      Thanks so much Jan and I couldn’t agree more. Nature is the best tonic for whatever life throws at us!

  • Reply Di August 22, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Hello dear Gabe,
    I’ve been thinking about you.
    I’m sorry to hear about Eddie and his unwelcome visit. It’s comforting to read that you know where to go to deal with him and even outrun him. You will win, I’ve no doubt.
    Wishing you all the best with your new hiking adventure in Canada.
    Sending a virtual hug from me 💐🦋

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:20 am

      Hi Di! This reply is VERY late, but I couldn’t resist the chance to say thanks for the kind words (again). Sending virtual hugs right back to u!

      • Reply Di November 5, 2017 at 10:42 am

        Hi Gabe!
        That’s perfectly alright…I knew you were already off on your adventure when I sent the message.
        Those virtual hugs have been received gratefully, thank you little mate.
        Wishing you well from me 🙋🏻💐

  • Reply the incurable dreamer August 22, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Gabe, thank you for your honesty about Eddie and for talking about your struggles with him. Your openness helps others not feel shame in admitting that they too have an Eddie. You are an inspiration and encourage others like myself, to believe that the battle can be won. Without a doubt, I know you are going to grab Eddie like a boss and give him the smackdown he deserves. You are amazing Gabe, and I am on the sidelines cheering at the top of my lungs for you to take him down. Hike like there’s no tomorrow and keep up the fight. Love you, my friend!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:26 am

      Makes me smile to think that I might be a positive influence on someone, and laugh to imagine you cheering me on as I give Eddie a smackdown 😉 I’ve sure missed you!

  • Reply D. Wallace Peach August 22, 2017 at 8:57 am

    What perfect medicine, Gabe. Have a wonderful time communing with nature and centering your soul. <3

  • Reply Dave Ply August 22, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Happy Trails Gabe. Maybe that’s what more of the world needs – a place to regroup and reflect outside the deluge of targeted mass media.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:30 am

      hey Dave, I missed the normal 2 month window for acceptable response to a blog comment, but hope you’ll forgive. I absolutely agree that we all need more “refuges” to get away from the craziness that we create.

      • Reply Dave Ply November 5, 2017 at 9:22 am

        Welcome back, Gabe. I’m looking forward to your “refugee” stories.

  • Reply Alec Harper August 24, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Always interesting reading, Gabe.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Thanks Alec

  • Reply lisakunk August 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I assume you’ve already left and I hope your adventure is filled with interesting nouns. I mean people, places, and things. Look forward to your return,your pics and your tales.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:32 am

      Thanks Lisa! Looking forward to sharing the handful of latest stories (and catching you with your blog!)

  • Reply Haylee August 25, 2017 at 3:42 am

    I’m sure you’re well on your way now but just to echo the thoughts of others – have a fantastic trip, that I hope is exhilarating and relaxing in equal measure. Big thumbs up for taking the dreaded D by the horns!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:34 am

      Thanks Haylee!

  • Reply Lutheranliar August 25, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Have a great hike!

  • Reply usathroughoureyes August 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    We are so excited for you Gabe! We know you’ll be safe and Monica will be missing you too. Can’t wait to hear the stories from the trail.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Hey Tom and Audrey! This hike turned into several, and was much longer than originally planned, but all the better for it. Now I have LOTS of catching up to do in the blogosphere. Hope to see you soon!

  • Reply Arionis August 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Hey Gabe. Sorry I am just now commenting. I was out to sea for work with no internet. I hope you are shooting that hiking drug up to the max! Whoa, that was my inner 80’s coming out. I also am looking forward to injecting some of that drug in three weeks. I think it’s going to do wonders to fight the latest battle with the BIG D. I think you are hiking the long trail right? Too bad we won’t get a chance to hook up. If for any reason you have time after your hike and we are in a position to do it, I would love to meet up with you before you head back. Hope you are having a blast! Cheers!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:41 am

      hehehe sorry I am just now responding (more than 2 months late). Was an awesome hike (ended up being several hikes) and Eddie is far in the rearview for now. Looking forward to heading over to your blog once I get caught up to see how your hike went!

      • Reply Arionis November 6, 2017 at 9:45 am

        I was just thinking the other day “Now where is that Gabe? Hope a bear didn’t get him.” It’s great to see you back! I bet you have some amazing stories to tell. As you will see when you get a chance to read it, my hike did not quite go as planned but in the end it all turned out well. Now off to read your new post!

  • Reply Ritu August 27, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Looking forward to hearing about and seeing your trip when you get back Gabe!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Thanks Ritu!

      • Reply Ritu November 5, 2017 at 5:43 am


  • Reply weejars August 27, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Communing with nature is one of the best medicines for sure! Enjoy your hike and good luck keeping Eddie at bay 🍀

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Couldn’t agree more. Ecotherapy is awesome!

  • Reply Monster Mermaid August 27, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Looking forward to hearing about this…mind yourself 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:42 am


  • Reply emfletche August 27, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Being out in the fresh air and communing with nature is also hubby’s drug of choice when he’s suffering. Luckily, this love of the outdoors is contagious! Have a wonderful and safe trip and look forward to hearing all about it on your return x

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:43 am

      So True Em!

  • Reply angelanoelauthor August 27, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I read through all the comments from all the people out there wishing you well. Erin (from Unbound Roots) and I were just talking of you as well on our recent first face-to-face meeting on a trail near our homes. Why is this? Why are people who’ve never met you talking of you and to you? Well, I can’t speak for everyone, so I’ll just speak for myself: your generous, thoughtful heart.

    I don’t know Eddie personally, but he sounds like a real turd. You, however, are not. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:44 am

      Angela! Your comments always make me smile. Its been nearly 3 months since I’ve been active in the blogisphere, but seeing your comments quickly makes me remember why we love this so much!

      • Reply angelanoelauthor November 5, 2017 at 8:32 am

        I’m so glad you’re back. I’ve missed you–and I’m sure you have LOTS Of things to catch up on. 🙂

  • Reply restlessjo August 28, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Bless you, Gabe! Happy hiking 🙂 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Thanks Jo!

  • Reply magickalponderings August 29, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I wish I could join you.. hiking is my “drug of choice” to combat my depression and feelings of inadequacy. I live in Colorado and have so many beautiful places to hike. Will look forward to your pictures upon your return.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 5:48 am

      Wow I wish I would have read this a few months ago! Perhaps we could have coordinated a small group to go for a day hike… I spent about a month hiking in Colorado as well. Was amazing!

  • Reply bedlamanddaisies August 29, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I hope that you enjoy the hike through Canada!

  • Reply Elisabeth September 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    When I was struggling with depression my Doctor literally wrote “time in nature” on a prescription pad and slapped it in my hand. Every few weeks my husband and I would go back country hiking and camping. I’d start the weekend all wound up, upset, crying, ranting and feeling on edge, and return two days later calm as a feather. Enjoy your medicine! It’s well worth it!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:09 am

      I love that! If I were still practicing medicine, I would have a separate pad just for this. Hope you’re still taking your medicine;)

      • Reply Elisabeth November 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm

        Always!! 👍🏼👍🏼

  • Reply suzie81speaks September 13, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I love the fact that you have named it Eddie… My friend calls hers Derek so she can talk about it in public without feeling intimidated…

    Hope you had a wonderful time!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:14 am

      hehehe thanks Suzie. I’ve still got a few (hundred 🙂 ) more comments to get caught up on, but it was totally worth it. And congrats to u!

  • Reply Lisa Orchard September 30, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I love to hike. I never thought of traveling so far away to do it, though! I will have to add this to my bucket list. 🙂 I hope you feel better soon!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! and it was a great experience. Looking forward to sharing a few of the stories picked up along the way.

  • Reply The Thrifty Campers December 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Have a fun time hiking!

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