I’ve been up since 3:30 am working on the site and I’m frustrated.
If you’ve read what GreenPackin’ is about, you know that our ultimate goal is to inspire people to get outdoors and experience the beauty and peacefulness of the trail, the campsite, the lakes and the streams, the wind in the trees, the sounds of birds and other creatures, the rustling of the leaves and the feel of the rain on your face. There are countless individuals (myself included) who have experienced all of the above……and much more. How many of you have heard an animal crash through the brush and trees? Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse but often you won’t. You’ll stand quietly for awhile, listening, waiting, straining to hear the last “far-in-the-distance” sounds. Eventually all that’s left is the stillness and quiet, and it surrounds you. The sounds of nature return and you add to those with your footfalls along the path, the click of your trekking poles against a rock and a little labored breathing as you climb to the top. Many times I’ve asked myself, “Is this climb worth it?” Then I’m at the top and my question is answered.
There are a great number who have yet to experience even a few moments of that peacefulness or gaze out onto the valleys that are only available after making that walk. We all know at least one person who could benefit from what we’ve experienced. Take them with you the next time you go out.
All this reflection and web site work (primarily reviewing hiker videos) has made me ache to walk 20 miles a day. How do I do that and maintain the site? How do I take 4 – 6 months to thru hike a trail? Others have found a way and I will too.