Finding something spontaneous on a journey is more valuable than any plan you could hope yo make. We can walk in with no expectations and find ourselves not only pleasantly surprised, but stunned by the surroundings we come to experience.
Enjoy these stunning pics from a recent trip to Steamboat Springs!
A 3 Part blog to bring you through the feels of a hard but very rewarding experience of backpacking.
To listen to while reading:
PART 1. You
First there is you. Your abilities. Your excitement. Your doubts.
There is working through the moment, at midnight before you hike out, that what you’ve been told – a 4 mile hike in and out - is actually a 7.4 mile hike each way. You hold back tears (which come mostly from over tiredness, but also from fear that you can’t do it, that your body will not hold you all that way.) You let a few tears fall just because it feels better that way. Then you try to get some sleep.
There is the early morning drive, and psyching yourself up. Willing yourself to get excited about doing something that may or may not suck. Then there is letting go and trusting. You have everything you will need. There is nothing left but to allow. Watching the greenery fly past the car window, the mountains and the open road beckoning you. The hawk trolling the skies, welcoming you. That familiar feeling of freedom.
PART 2. The Trail