A.T. Thru Hike Completion 15-Aug-07
Something wonderful this way comes...
It is that time of year, and normally I would credit the overwhelming feeling that I'm having to the usual: "Springer Fever". The unyielding desire that comes in early Spring, to head back to the trailhead and start walking. This year....well this year is different.
I am sitting in my rather mundane and average apartment, living a rather mundane and average existence, with a notion in my mind that is unshakable. Very soon, I WILL be at the trailhead. I have made the decision that I will be hiking again very soon, and am simply sorting out some details right now. Rest assured, it will happen. I have been thinking seriously about another hike since my time in Antarctica. Asking myself things like, "How much time will I have?", "Where do I want to go?", "What will my money situation be?" and "How much time do I have for planning?" The past few weeks a few things have made this whole idea become more of a reality. Of course I still haven't made an official decision on graduate school yet, but what I've come to realize is that it won't matter. I am still going to go walking.
I was online reading some trailjournals and getting some ideas and a ran across one quote that really spelled it out for me.
"It didn't take long after thru-hiking the AT for me to realize what I had found. A different world. A world full of good things. Simplicity. Relaxation. Freedom. Self-confidence. Camaraderie. Before hiking the AT, "the trail" represented images of dirt paths, mountains, streams, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, camping stoves, etc. Mostly physical things. After returning home, I quickly realized that "the trail" represents more of a feeling. A feeling of being INVINCIBLE. I want that feeling again. I want to go back..." -Yogi
It's good to know I am not alone when I say that the trail is where I am drawn to, and where I must go. To anyone who hasn't been through it, there is no way to explain it in words.
So....like always, I have a superstition about announcing big events before they become official. Once my plans become "official" (ie food bought and airfare purchased), I will spell out my plans on here in full and gratuitous detail.
Until then, happy trails everyone, and this is going to be one hell of a summer!