Hello!  I’m Mimi (aka OT Panda).  I’m Bay Area-raised, Chinese-born, and left my heart in San Francisco to attempt to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail starting May 23rd, 2017.  In April, I left my 9-year engineering career in Biotech so that I could fully devote myself to training and planning for this journey.

The best way I can describe WHAT I’ll be doing and WHY, is that I see this as a meditation of self-care through practicing and mastering mindfulness.

For the next 5-6 months, I’ll be walking from Mexico to Canada carrying only the essentials.  I’ve found that long-distance hiking helps keep me grounded, at peace and connected with myself, and brings clarity of focus to what is truly important to my life.  Follow me and Ellie, the Emperor Penguin, as we venture out into the wilderness.


“Travel is like love,

Mostly because it is a heightened state of awareness,

In which we are mindful, receptive,

Undimmed by familiarity,

And ready to be transformed.

That is why the best trips,

Never really end.”

– Pico Iyer