The short story is when I started this blog in October 2011, I had just left my job as a genetic counselor in Western Massachusetts, and was transitioning back my home in Pittsburgh. I had been working in genetics since graduating college in 2006, and after five years was still not finding the fulfillment I always thought it would bring. I started CookingScraps as a way to explore cooking, writing, and to keep in touch with family and friends.
In the years since I’ve led backpacking and bicycling trips for teenagers. I’ve worked in New Hampshire as a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in their High Mountain Hut system. From there took a cook position in the AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges for a winter and spring. Along the way I met Garrett, another AMC employee, and we quickly fell in love. We moved to Harpswell, Maine when I because the chef manager of The SchoolHouse Cafe there. We worked there for nearly 3 years, before getting married and leaving to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016.
This blog has progressed more into a travelogue of all of our adventures, and now we’re documenting our current Appalachian Trail thru-hike. And that’s still just a scrap of it all. If you’re interested in the longer version, you can check-it out here. Happy hiking! -Amy