These Count as Trail Mascots, Right?
So you might be asking yourself, “Trail mascots? Hmm, that’s a thing? Aren’t you already carrying enough?”
Well, from my understanding, yes it is! Maybe not for everyone, but there are definitely many hikers who will bear the extra weight for one. The way I see it, a trail mascot is there as a morale boost, and something that can stick with you through all the ups and downs. I was pretty tired of cramming my brain with as much as I could logistically, so I decided to focus on something a little more fun. As a result, I spent a shameful amount of time searching for a trail mascot.
My search ended when I came across this patch set on Amazon. I thought, well, instead of carrying something, I could sew these guys onto my pack and call it a day. So that’s what I decided to do.
I picked these guys because they’re just like us.
- They carry everything they need on their backs, usually working as a team to lighten the load, as some hiking groups do.
- They’re travelers, and they always have a goal on their minds.
- They can be a nuisance, just like I’m sure we all will be when filling a restaurant, car, or hostel with our hiker filth.
- One after the other they each set out on a similar journey. After every trip they help to carve the footpath for those following. The path changes when necessary and becomes more efficient each time.
- Ants really look after one another and work together to accomplish big feats, just like we do from hikers, to trail angels, trail communities, and volunteers.
What sorta thing are you bringing to help boost morale on tougher days? Please comment and share below.
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