Trick or Treat!
When I talk with people about hiking the PCT, or express excitement about an upcoming solo hike, I am often asked, “Why would you isolate yourself like that?” I can say with a great deal of certainty that very few people chose to isolate themselves. Isolation is generally involuntary, whereas solitude is a choice. I elect solitariness and embrace the beauteous wonders of nature, without common distractions.
That being said, my response to this question is quite simple: “I’m hiking to freedom. For there is peace in solitude and there lies choice.” This is why I’m choosing the scariest night of the year as an opportunity to solo hike. The tranquility of nature is far better than any trick or treat.
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I always do my hikes (mostly 1-day walks, time/opportunity/etc) alone. It’s the question I almost always get, or the source of wonder: “You walk alone? Always?”.
Yes, I do. It is the very essence of my walk. I have talked with the occasional fellow hikers while taking a break (it doesn’t happen often) but that is the extent of it.
A beautiful post. Cannot wait to hear about more of your adventures. Enjoy nature! Enjoy life!