My trail name is Magic, I thru-hiked the AT in 2021. I met so many incredible people on my journey from Georgia to Maine and fell in love with the culture of the trail. Shortly after completing my first long-distance trial, I began working as a hostel caretaker in NC. This brief seasonal position enabled me to stay close to the trail community and do plenty of my own trail magic. Now that I am once again working in "the real world", writing about my adventures on trail is the best way to feel connected to other hikers.
You have been envisioning the beautiful summit photo to post on Instagram for the majority of the day, and the ascent was fueled by brainstorming the perfect caption. Maybe you are planning to film the moment you crest the ridge and the sign comes into view. Regardless of your artistic notions, you are thinking about how to capture this moment through the lens of your phone or camera. Does this learned behavior affect your experience with nature?