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There's a scene in the movie Crocodile Dundee (1986) with Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski where Linda's character (Paul's Character's love interest) a New York City reporter is interviewing the infamous 'Crocodile Dundee' and his business partner for her paper. She bluntly ask: "So Mick, why did your wife leave you?" The scene's dialogue continues on something like this:
Crocodile Dundee: "Because I went Walk-about."
Reporter Lady: "Walk-about? What's that?"
Crocodile Dundee: "It's where you wander around looking at things."
Reporter Lady: "How long were you gone?"
Crocodile Dundee: "A few weeks."
Business Partner: 'Cough' "Try six months!"
Reporter Lady: "And she left you for that?"
Philosophically, I went walk about. Walk-about, could almost be a page from Edward Craig's book: Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. I had no destination; no clocks; no schedule; and I knew that it would end when it was time to go home. It would be over when it was over and not before or after. As in Edward Abbey's book, Desert Solitaire, I challenged nature to know myself, or possibly in this case to find myself, but for no other reason. To be one with the land and nature as in Thoreau's book, Walden. And in John Muir's book, My First Summer in the Sierra, to know and experience nature in all its dimensions, the beauty, the degradation and the danger. Benard Crick's book, Democracy: A Very Short Introduction, tied everything together. The outdoors, my cathedral and place of worship; my walk-about, my emotional reset; and public service, my chosen vocation.
While I am reluctant to say this trip was a life altering experience I will say it did what I meant it to do. It helped me to reset my spirit and,in effect, to put my "game face" on for the next phase in my life. This new journey of self begins with my simultaneous entry into the autumn of my life and my professional piece de resistance: a career in Public Administration.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org