the end, fellow pilgrims, coast to coast

In The Pipeline

Haystacks, Lake District, Coast to Coast Walk, Macs Adventure

Happy Weekend friends! I’m getting settled back in from my epic walk across England. I plan to start sharing stories next week, one per week for the next eight weeks or so.

Lots of changes are coming to this website in 2015, one of them being that I plan to use Google+ more for photo sharing and my blog for storytelling and writing.

So if you want to gorge on photos of this incredible Coast to Coast walk, you’re in luck. I already have an album up on Google+. And there’s also a photo story version if that’s more your speed.

One of the most fun things Diane and I did every day was make silly YouTube video updates. I put together a remix of them after she went home, as therapy for having to say goodbye. You can find it, as well as all the videos on my YouTube channel.

And finally, here are a few links I’ve found interesting/gorgeous/entertaining since getting home:

Leave it to Gary Vaynerchuk to challenge my thinking about my kids + media. This is a question we struggle a lot with at our house, and I found his answer somewhat freeing. (I’ve been binge watching Gary’s show since I got home because I find insight into social media + entrepreneurship to be madly fascinating.)

And a fun bit about Sherlock Holmes from another favorite YouTube channel, Anglophenia.

These photos make me want to visit Finland.

Everyone on the Coast to Coast told me that my boots were giving me blisters because they were too small, so now I really want these new boots. They were a trail fav for sure.

Books! I read a couple of books while walking. Enjoyed We Are Called To Rise. LOVED The Orphan Train. And of course, religiously read Wainwright’s original Coast to Coast, as well as the Trailblazer Guide.

Gearing up for TBEX Athens by reading Laurence’s tips for visiting Athens. I’m meeting my friend Sarabeth there at the end of October. (Exciting!)

That’s it for me. Hope your weekend is lovely! So far mine has been a lot of hanging out on the couch with kiddos, working on my computer while they play Minecraft or watching X-Men movies. They have one more week before their October holidays, so we’ll plan an adventure or two for then!





  1. The coast-to-coast photos are gorgeous! Of course looking at them has kept me from doing stuff I need to be doing 🙂 but it was worth the time. I love the text in the last shot: “Vertical Scale Greatly Exaggerated.”

    I would love to hear Diane’s take on the trip.

    1. Thank you so much Suzy for looking at my photos! 🙂 So glad it was worth it!

      I would love to get Diane to do a little “guest posting” on her perspective of the trip! Great thought! 🙂

  2. Hi, Alison! You don’t know me from Adam, but I found your blog via a list of expat blogs and have been savoring your posts. And my favorite new thing is your series of coast-to-coast walk videos at facebook; I’ve even dragged my kids over to see them. We are moving from Missouri to Scotland next month (Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise…aka if our visa applications get approved). Perhaps our paths will cross! Thanks for your great words and pictures!

    1. Hi Lynn! Thanks so much for saying “hello!” I’m so thankful and super honored that you have been following along. I hope everything goes well for your move to Scotland. Keep me posted and don’t forget your rain gear! 😉

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