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Country: United States
Begins: Aug 13, 2014
Date: Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Trip Distance: 171.9
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The journey is over and I miss it already. There were difinitely some things I (Diane) learned from the trail:
1. Finding a good rock is important. Whether it is to rest, lean upon or to put your foot up on to retie your boots, a sturdy rock is important. Same is true in life. We all need a rock for support from time to time. In this world my husband Bobby is my Rock.
2. Weight of my backpack.. Too much weight only burduns you in your endeavors when climbing and just the overall day to day hiking. What I choose to carry is really up to me. Much as in life. What we carry around on our backs is really up to us. Letting go of things can make the journey a lot more pleasant.
3. People - I realized I missed communicating and sharing with family and freinds. Talking to people on the trail and hearing their stories and journey would invigorate me. I guess I really am the social butterfly.
4. Stop and take a look - we would find ourselves stopping to take a picture of where we had come from - it often looked like it was so far away, yet it really was not. It may have only been the distance that we had covered betwwen breakfast and lunch - 4-5 miles. No matter the distance what we had done was an accompishment and by the time we traveled the full distance of the trail (200+ miles) we knew we would have something to be proud of. Often we get busy and don't take the time to realize where we have really gone in life and how far we have really come.
5. The view from the top is amazing, but never forget how hard it was to get there. Appreciate each step that it took
6. Focus on the present. Looking too far ahead made the trail seem daunting. At the end of each day when we would look at the map for what tomorrow held it seemed much more managebale.Same in life. We all have to have goals and ways of accomplishing them, but if you get too far ahead of yourself it can become discouraging. Stay in the moment.
7. There is always soemthing in the back of your head that says "you can't" But when you are in the middle of nowhere and there are no ther options it's amazing what you "Can" do. A positive attitude will help you through
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