Admin Note

Dear Readers,

It’s been a while since I posted regularly, and I want to share with you why. Back in June, we found out that my beloved cat Madigan was terminally ill with cancer, with weeks to a couple months maximum left to live. At that point, we decided to not go hiking while she was with us and to focus on spending time with her.

I was sad and upset, to say the least. Madigan had been with me since she was a kitten and I was in middle school. She was 18, almost 19 years old. I’m an only child, so Madigan was like my baby and my little sister all bundled into one. I loved her so much and I always will.

I had pictures to upload and tales to tell of our hikes, but whenever I got in front of the computer screen, I didn’t feel creative. I just felt depressed. I couldn’t even bring myself to write a post about the situation, because that would have confirmed the reality of Madigan’s health to myself all over again.

My little girl passed away on July 17. It was time, but that didn’t make it any less sad. For some time after, I drifted around like a hollow shell, mechanically performing things like a robot.

I’ve been slowly healing. My husband has provided such amazing support. Time, as well as hiking and camping, have also helped.

I am now ready to get back into photographing nature and sharing our stories from the trails. I hope that you will continue to enjoy my posts and learn about all the lovely nature we have within driving distance of Washington, DC.



2 Replies to “Admin Note”

  1. Madigan was a beautiful cat. She lived so long and was such a wonderful companion to you. It is so hard to lose a member of the family like that. Thank you for sharing a photo of her. Much love to you, Katarina!

    1. Dear Hiking Woman,
      Thank you for your kind comment. Madigan had such a spunky personality and was very beautiful. She was a constant companion and comfort to me and my family for many years. She will always be in our hearts.
      Love and hugs back to you,

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