Welcome to Joyful Rambler! I’m Joey, a sort-of newbie backpacker and lifetime wanderer. God willing, I still have a lot of miles to go!

My next big adventure is a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Like most people backpacking the AT for the first time, I have loads of questions. I’m curious by nature and enjoy the quest for answers. I’ll share what I learn here on my blog as a helping hand to other hikers .

Watch for my vlog posts on YouTube and subscribe to my channel. I’llĀ  cross-post videos here, along with my blog posts, ponderings, and notes about things that puzzle me. (Maybe some of you have the answers!)

If you’re an experienced hiker, I welcome your advice and encouragement. Please share your wisdom in the post comments or contact me personally.

My Latest Videos

Check out theseĀ  videos from my YouTube channel. Follow my planning process, gear choices and more as I prepare to thru hike the Appalachian Trail in 2018.

Episode 1 – 9 Months and Counting: Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2018

Episode 2 – It’s getting real: Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2018

Episode 3 – Money’s on My Mind: Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2018

Episode 4 – Facebook Groups for Hikers: Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2018

Episode 5 – Backpacking Bargains on Amazon: Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2018

Epsiode 6 – Health and Hiking: Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2018

Epsiode 7 – Dialing in My Sleep System: Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2018

Epsidoe 8 – Sewing Projects for the Appalachian Trail 2018

Epsidoe 9 – My Thru-Hiker Reading List: Appalachian Trail 2018

Espisode 10 – Making Fuel Cubes: Appalachian Trail 2018


Since I was a girl soaking up stories of my British grandmother’s world travels, I’ve been enticed by the the idea of exploring new territory. My corporate career took me lots of interesting places – usually on someone else’s schedule. Occasionally, I eeked out a little extra time to see the scenery, feeding my thirst for more.

Now that I’m self-employed and officially on the north side of 50 (or heading south, depending how you see things), it’s high time to get my adventure on.

Come along and share my joyful journey!


Want to connect? That would be awesome!

I’m eager to talk about topics ranging from hiking, gear, and safety, to softer subjects like mental preparation and staying motivated. You can reach me through social media – links below – or email me.

BTW, if you’re selling stuff or spamming, don’t expect a response. (Just sayin’)