This hike was different today from all the others. It was meant to be just a training day in preparation for my first attempt at 20. Karma invited me.
Karma is a hiker. An expert hiker and very good friend. I feel honored that she asked me. Karma has Thru-Hiked the Appalachian Trail. She has done 800 miles on the Pacific Coast Trail. Karma is an expert hiker. I am a novice. Like I said, honored about being asked. I hope I can keep up.
Anyway, what I want to say here is that the Trail came to life today. I didn’t follow the blazes… They pulled me up the mountain and across the ridge. Something changed for me out there today.
When I approached the turn off from the AT, to the blue blaze path to the parking lot and my car, I didn’t want to turn. I stopped for nearly a full minute. Then I followed my feet going North, back on the AT. Just 50 meters or so. It was a thank you. It was a promise to be back. I felt sad to leave her. Is the AT a she? Not sure about that but it has definitely come alive.
The last photo in this lot is that junction. I will start there next time.
What a great day!