Daughter and I are back in the woods, backpacking for another five weeks on the Appalachian Trail.
Ahhhh…it’s good to be back!
After our first week, we have settled into routines. Daughter had no hesitation this time to take the lead, even over challenging rocky areas. We both are hiking strong, finishing our daily miles at a faster pace than last fall and still having energy at the end of the day. As always, we enjoy meeting other hikers and sharing bits of our stories with each other.
We find great peace and contentment in the combination of simplicity and being outdoors. There are few decisions to make (put on the same clothes every morning and walk until teaching that evening’s campsite or shelter). There are few distractions or interruptions (beautiful views, wildflowers, birdsong, and little critters are treasures not challenges). And nature itself is soothing.
We are so blessed to be able to be out here for an extended hike. And when we are done for this trip, we will be ready to head home and reconnect with family and friends again.
Thanks for encouraging us…and for following our adventures!