I see blazes…everywhere!
Blazes and obsession
Since realizing sometime during the summer of 2014 that my thru hike (which has been on my “bucket list” for over 12 years) could become a reality, I have been somewhat obsessed. My Amazon recommendations list reads like a gear checklist, and I have acquired almost as many books about the trail as I have cookbooks (this is huge if you’ve seen my cookbook collection). Not generally a planner, I have found myself looking at mail drop options, meal plans, and food prep.
I have also been “chasing blazes”…
Recently, while on a road trip, I realized that the route I was taking by car was following the trail and the town I was visiting was 40 minutes from Clingman’s Dome. Of course, I took the drive out to the trailhead, passing NOC and snapped what is now my profile photo.
My “blaze chasing” continued last week, when I noticed something painted on a tree, in a park, in Budapest! The “blaze” was guiding the way through the park to a summit where the Liberty Statue overlooked the Danube and the Pest side of the city. Even across an ocean, I am finding blazes, thus cementing in my mind that this journey is as much about the mindset as the route itself…
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