What started out as a continuation of a former dog blog about Rama’s life (Raising Rama), Walks With Rama steadily moved toward being something more. After helping me discover the restorative power of walking following a painful separation, Rama once again helped me through another difficult period in my life. In 2012 I had a double mastectomy, and what was supposed to be one reconstructive procedure grew to upwards of 14 procedures and drug on for 5 years.
Between surgeries Rama and I once again hit the trails, and I grew to view these hikes as not only healing, but necessary to my mental health. As a lifelong sufferer of depression, it was certainly not helped by 5 years of surgical procedures, limitations and significant weight gain. I decided something had to be done and I made a lifestyle change. I began eating clean and working out with a personal trainer. I began seeking out newer and tougher trails, and together with Rama and a few other dogs, we began exploring throughout our state. Eventually we branched out to other states, and in 2015 I did my first solo overnight on the AT (Appalachian Trail). We’ve since hiked in several other states as well as Europe.
I discovered on these walks with Rama–surrounded only by nature–a sense of peace and calm missing in my daily life, and I’ve been chasing it ever since. I discovered that there was a world out there so much bigger than any of the things that were paining me, and through physical transformation and placing one foot in front of the other, I could literally climb mountains.
What You Will Find Here
The #1 thing we hope you will find here is inspiration. Inspiration to change your life, to get out there and do the things you’ve always wanted to do; the courage to do things you think are bigger than you. We will share our experiences, our travels, glimpses behind the scenes and at home with the dogs (via our social media), gear reviews and my journey toward a life of wellness.
Through my own journey I hope to motivate others to get out and change what needs changing, chase dreams that need chasing and find what it means for you to be happy within yourself. Nothing is impossible, age is just a number and the world is big and wondrous.
Oh and dogs. Did I mention dogs? There’s a whole lot of that.