Maine. Or, Finding Just What You Were(n’t) Looking For
I have hiked 252.7 miles of the Appalachian Trail, plus some extra miles on “detours” and side trails. I started this journey with the goal of being an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, but much like other preparations, you can’t really know what that means until you do it. It didn’t even take all of Maine for me to alter the trajectory of this experience. I no longer plan to be thru-hiker, rather, just an Appalachian Trail hiker. I am not sure what that means yet, as I still plan to continue south, but I no longer am concerned with the thru-hike, from Katahdin to Springer, as I am with enjoying my experience.
I want to be a satisfied hiker, I want to enjoy my time on the trail. Sadly, I have found that an overwhelming percentage of NOBOs I have met, all within 300-miles of Katahdin, are in some state of discontent. Very few have been as excited as I would have expected to be within days of completing their trek. Some only want to finish, to be done with the trail, some dread every day, and others say they would quit if they weren’t so close.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
― Eckhart Tolle
There are far too many factors to list every reason for my decision. Most of it is what you read above; the experience has already given me more than I had expected and I want to enjoy my time in the wilderness, not simply carry on each day because I feel like I have to. Other reasons are more personal, such as missing adventures with my husband. I will write more about those on my personal blog, memorymillionaires.com.
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