“As a mom, you have no book that tells you the right way to take care of your kids through bad times,” says Bonnie Elozory, mother of four.

For seven-years, the Elozory family weathered a relentless streak of bad luck. With no instructions on how to pull her family out of the muck, Bonnie got creative. When her husband nudged Bonnie to rekindle her dream to hike the Appalachian Trail, she latched on to the idea. And decided to take the kids.

“Oh my gosh,” Bonnie remembers thinking, “this is going to save our lives.”

*This episode contains discussions about assault. If you’re listening with young ears, or have sensitive ears, you may want to skip this one. 


Click here to read Bonnie’s blog from the trail.


Music: Something by Kai Engel    •    If Walls Could Talk by Jacob Bain & Nis Kotto    •    Gotta Keep Movin by Publish the Quest    •    Chasing Trains by Publish the Quest    •    Low Horizon by Kai Engel    •    Night Without Sleep by David Mumford    •    Wake Me Up by Publish the Quest

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4 Comments on “coMOMdo

  1.  by  Jeff Wilcox

    An extraordinary story – not just about summoning the strength to hike the AT – but a profound statement about the courage to re-prioritize everything in order to hold a family together.

  2.  by  Jenna

    This is one of my new favorites. Teared up at my desk at work. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3.  by  Cece Thompson

    The journal is a wonderful read–a day-by-day account of their development as hikers and as women.

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