How does anyone end up in the world of long distance hiking? It is a experience known only to a small sector of the population, and taken on by even fewer.
Long Distance Hiking was my destiny it would seem, because it was not a path that I saw coming. When I was 20 years old, I would have never guessed that I would hike over 10,000 miles by the time I was 30. Day hikes were not even a part of my life at that point. And while I did not have a clear vision of what my future would hold, I sure did not foresee spending months on end immersed in nature.
Now I could not imagine my life without hiking. I truly value each day that I have spent putting one foot in front of the other, seeing the wisdom of life in everything that surrounds me, and learning what it means to truly be one with nature.
Each long distance hike has offered it's own set of challenges and lessons for me to embrace. With time I learned how to be relaxed with each step along the trail, ridding myself of almost all physical pain. There are still days when a certain body part might ache a bit, or cry out with some type of exhaustion, but I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to push through so many boundaries to understand how to be at ease in my body while undertaking great physical feats.
I typically will hike anywhere from 20 to 35 miles a day, often averaging somewhere around 26 miles a day. When hiking a marathon a day, it does not take long for your body to get into optimum shape. After the first couple of weeks on the trail, it's amazing to feel your body kick into gear. You quickly learn that your body is capable of things that you would have never known it could do.
While my body is taking care of it's role of getting me from point A to point B each day, what does my mind do? With anywhere from 4 to 5 months on the trail, there is plenty of time to think, meditate, enjoy the view, day dream, and if you happen to be hiking with someone, talk. The internal journey is often just as monumental as the external expedition. I am thankful for the powerful lessons and insignts that I hav
Each of these portions add up to the sum of why I enjoy spending my summers hiking thousands of miles at a time. Each pilgrimage has offered me another part of myself. As I explore new landscapes externally I find new scenery within.
Follow along as I share highlights of the adventures that bring me such joy in life, and the wisdom they have imbued into my being.
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