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Chris "Chance" dePolo
Begins: Mar 17, 2009
Date: Thu, Dec 25th, 2008
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About My Hike - Read this first
Before you get started with this realize that it is selfish. Yes i know that. I'm hiking the AT for myself, not for anyone else. I'm also writing here to help get my shit together lol. I'm not forcing you to read it so if you don't want to, well then simply don't.
My parents have already berated me on not wanting to hike with my cousin who was originally going to come with me until he got promoted. I said I don't want to have to hike 15 miles one day if I feel like walking more (or none at all) because that is what my hiking partner wanted to do. My dad said that sometimes people have to make sacrifices for other people. That is not what why i'm going hiking. If I wanted to sacrifice for someone else would I be hiking he AT in the first place? I doubt it.
There's a number of reasons as to why I want to thru hike the AT so I'm going to post them as they come to me. Right now i think the majority of them are just subconscious desires so when i can put them into words you'll see them added here:
--The Challenge-- there is so little in my life lately that has challenged me it has been quite boring. I'm graduating from college with little feeling of accomplishment besides that I'm getting a degree, but I feel that I've learned little of use or that I care about.
--The "Necessities"-- I want to know what at the end of a 6 month hike I consider to be the "necessities". The world gets caught up in what they want, and not what they need. Every time I go home I see it in my parents house. It's absolutely HUGE and only the two of them live there and they're both retired and on vacation half the time anyways. It's such an unnecessary expenditure that their stuck with now cause the markets gone to hell and i have to hear them complain about financial problems they could have avoided in the first place.
There is also so little tieing me down right now why not go hike. The economy sucks, the job markets crap, and most of my best friends are spread out all over the country so I seldom get to see them. There aren't that many people from college I'm going to miss terribly, so to answer everyones question I don't think the trail will be too increadibly lonely. Can't remember the last time I had a steady girlfriend, but then again I did go to WVU, so that is not much of a shocker.
I really need to just figure out what I want to do with my life.
PS. Please sign my Guestbook on here, i'd love to know who is reading this
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