The Beauty of Georgia Through My Lens
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–Don’t sprint the marathon to keep my body happier.
–I took a week off trail and allowed my legs to recover after my frenetic start. My knees and ankles took a beating on the downhills! I plan to cut my pace for the next few weeks and stop more frequently to capture photos of people, experiences, and scenery throughout each day.
–Community kindness surrounds the trail.
–I’ve experienced hikers with optimistic outlooks, received incredible trail magic from seasoned thru-hikers, and have been offered free lifts into town by friendly locals. The AT community exudes goodwill and offers a helping hand whenever I’ve needed one. Instead of competition, I’ve felt encouragement and been happy for other hikers’ successes.
–Cliche, but true hiker adages:
“Last one to Katahdin wins.”
“It’s about the smiles, not the miles”
“The trail provides.”
Hike Your own Hike
My pace hasn’t matched many other hikers, but that’s completely OK. I hiked most days alone and pondered thoughts that are difficult to address when I’m distracted. I’ve greeted new and familiar faces when I reached camp each night, and I haven’t feared losing touch with these groups as they trekked on ahead or behind me in the mornings. I hope to see them again in the future and wish them success on their hikes.
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