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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 13, 2013
Direction: Southbound

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Date: Fri, Jul 12th, 2013

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Security Zones

"make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty."--Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Two months ago, my beloved husband left a job he held for more than 20 years--he loved his work but he hated his work environment and after a lot of thinking about it, in fact years of thinking about it, he decided to launch out on his own with a partner. He is twice as busy as he was, but he is happy. He is his own boss. The big down side for him was that a long hike this year would be impossible.

And I lost my hiking partner. What was I to do? It wasn’t difficult to come to the conclusion that I should go on alone. I would not continue on the Continental Divide Trail--we will do that together, hopefully next year.

We have come such a long way together, I cannot imagine what my journey will be like solo.

But in a sense, in our own separate ways, we are both stepping out of our security zones--Kerry has already begun his great adventure and I am about to begin mine.

Plane tomorrow: 6 a.m. to Denver.

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The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271-foot above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000-foot. Learn more:


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