The Life of Luxury

When I talk to family and friends about trail life, I’m often greeted with wide eyes or an “I could never do that” mentality.

And sure, we can all agree that living in the woods for six months isn’t an appealing lifestyle to everyone.

That being said, I feel a duty to dispel the myth that trail life means foregoing a life of modern conveniences because I think the trail does the exact opposite.

It removes the burden of modern inconveniences by bringing you face-to-face with yourself and all of the wicked shit you’re capable of.

I see no greater luxury in life than spending each day carrying the fact that you were brave enough to show up and keep trekking on.

We go without electricity and make up for it with campfires and friends. We grit through cold nights to wake up in the splendor of nature. We push our bodies and thank them each day.

If anything, we are living the life of luxury while looking at the rest of the world and thinking, “I could never do that.”

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    Russ1663 : Apr 11th

    I get you completely. Friends my age politely nod in agreement, wife grudgingly accepts my adventures, son loves that I’m going out for days, daughter smiles and knows I can do it. End of the month I’m on the AT again. It’s not the first time. I’m a section hiker. Keep after it, the adventure is for all up wanderers.

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    pearwood : Apr 12th

    Well said, Steph. I have been a computer and network geek for most of my seventy years (blame it on my parents). I am planning for my AT NOBO next year to be a low-tech as possible. Thankfully I love topo maps and pencils and paper journals.
    Blessings on your way,
    Steve / pearwood

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