Nov. 2, 2021

Episode #128 - Mary Emerick (a Trail Dames story)

Episode #128 - Mary Emerick (a Trail Dames story)

A Grizzly encounter in the Alaskan wilderness

Mary's story is about a chance bear encounter in the Alaskan wilderness, involving some adrenaline, a barking dog, and a whole lot of appreciation for the beauty that can be found in a mother grizzly and her cubs.

Mary Emerick is an author and a wilderness planner with the Forest Service, but her real love is long distance hiking. She began her backpacking career at age 5, carrying a pack with a sweatshirt and a stuffed animal. Working as a seasonal wilderness ranger in Idaho and a wilderness kayak ranger in Alaska were highlights of her life. She has section hiked the entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail and a few sections of the Arizona Trail. She enjoys meeting other women on the trail and would prefer never to answer the question, "are you alone out here?" again.

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Music provided for this Podcast by The Burns Sisters
"Dance Upon This Earth"