But like, Why?
Why I am I taking a long walk through the woods?
There are several reasons that I am hiking the Appalachian Trail, to understand why you have to understand me. Hiking the Trail with me, is my best friend. We are doing this together to have some in-tents bonding time before she leaves to join the military. I am also at a point in my life where I do not have a fantastic full time job, only several part time ones. School is up in the air right now, I have an associates degree and I am not sure if I want continue it more. Seeing as I am at a crossroads of life, I figured now was a good time to do this as any.
- I need to get away from everyday life.
- Make some new memories with my best friend.
- Help figure out what I want to do with my life, I will have lots of alone time.
- I am still on my parents health insurance.
- Photography is a passion of mine and I want to take more wildlife photos.
Everyday we have another day we get to make the most of each one and that is what I intend to do on the trail. My life has been extremely busy recently. Being on the Trail will give me some solid time to think and enjoy nature.
Why Am I Choosing to Hike Over Other Things?
For me, hiking the trail is a lot of things, adventure, growth, learning and independence. Hiking the trail will also allow me to meet so many different new people while also take a step forward into my future. I am looking forward to the struggles and the problem solving, I am eager to learn more about myself too. Growing up my life has been a track of school and then recently work. So now that I get the chance to be free I am taking it by stride. There are also many other things I could be doing with my time. I love spending time outdoors. Seeing the sunset over the water is one of my favorite things in the world. Being able to eat lunch at a new spot on the trail would be such a fun adventure.
Helping Family and Friends Cope
This article is one I was given to help other friends and family when they learn I am leaving for the Trail. https://hikerfeed.com/guides/appalachian-trail/it-will-be-okay?currentGuide=appalachian-trail. Getting loved ones to help along the way also makes things easier for both hikers and family. Having family and friends send drop boxes helps a lot. Also when they leave near the trail and open their homes or gives rides help too.
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