A few years ago, I saw a movie called ‘The Way’ about a long hike through the Pyrenees. For some it was a journey of forgiveness. For others, discovery, finding oneself. And my dream of the long hike was born. It is a very romantic notion and one that takes me by surprise because I don’t think I am the least bit romantic. And since then I have been absorbing everything I can get my hands on dealing with the long hike. Blogs, books, Instagram feeds.
And I wonder, am I in love with the idea or the reality? I think it may be a little bit of both if that makes sense?
I love hiking far. I love popping up my tent. I love sleeping under the stars. I love hearing the song of nature. I love the solitude. I love the camaraderie.
I don’t love the dirt. I don’t love the gallons of water I have to carry. I really don’t love the dirt!
So I guess it’s about finding the balance. I do think section hiking the trail may be the perfect blend for me. Not too short. Not too long. Just right.
For my next AZTAdventure, I may go out for 2 nights to see how I fare. Build up to a longer backpack/hike experience.
In the meantime, I’ll keep on trekking.