"Put your boots on and head north"
“When this is all over, you’re going to go home and mope. You’ll miss it. Then you’ll open up a new savings account and start putting money in for the next adventure. Because that’s what you’ll feel like you need. A new adventure on another trail.”
When I heard this last year, I didn’t believe it. Why would I want to put myself through more pain and agony. I was already exhausted, tired and starting to worry about the money and I was only 450 miles into my Southbound Appalachian Trail hike. Why would I want to do this again?
I found out why. I learned why I loved the Trail – the people, the places, freedom and solitude but also the camaraderie and love from everyone.
Backpackers are an odd breed. We go out for days, weeks or months at a time, carry our whole lives on our back and survive with just ourselves. It’s the most selfish thing you can do in a way – look out for just yourself. But it’s also the most freeing.
It’s an addiction really. That pull back to the mountains or the flat lands. To the dirt under your feet and the sky above your head with your only true care being what you’ll eat next and if it’ll rain.
So this is a start. A new savings account for a new adventure. What will that next adventure be, when will it happen? I’m not sure yet. It could be the Pacific Crest Trail, it could be a canoe down the Shenandoah River. Whatever it is though, it’ll be mine.
It all starts with the $5.36 in my new savings account.