The Psalms in My Backpack

One-Hundred-Sixty Steps on the Appalachian Trail

Four Kids, One Husband, and Me

In 1990, my husband and I with our four kids hiked 250 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) and survived. The Psalms in My Backpack is an inspirational journal that recaptures this grueling, but rewarding adventure and applies a Psalm verse to each of the 160 vignettes. On the AT, we met friendly people and witnessed God's beautiful creation, but we also learned to cope with heat exhaustion, thunderstorms, blisters, and rattlesnakes. How did we survive the AT with no previous backpacking experience? Laughter and hard work, hemmed in by divine protection, were the keys. The Psalms in My Backpack is in its third draft, awaiting the final editing.

Psalm 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Our family hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1990. There we are in the top photo, starting our adventure. Pictured from left are Joel (12), Ben (16), Caleb (14), me, Carla (9), and Tom. Even today, the AT continues to draw us in. In the bottom photo, I'm pointing to the familiar trail-marking white blaze on the AT in the Smoky Mountains.

Our family hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1990. There we are in the top photo, starting our adventure. Pictured from left are Joel (12), Ben (16), Caleb (14), me, Carla (9), and Tom. Even today, the AT continues to draw us in. In the bottom photo, I'm pointing to the familiar trail-marking white blaze on the AT in the Smoky Mountains.