Thought I’d drop a couple lines about the journal.
I hope to make an entry each day, or at least every other day. However, the entries won’t necessarily be uploaded every day.
It will depend on the cell service that is available while on the trail. Like the AT, I assume that there will be stretches of several days where I have no signal, and then once I do have signal, several days worth of entries will load up at once.
When I first load an entry onto the journal, there will only be one photo that loads with it. I intend to load several photos for each day/entry, but they will sometimes get loaded up a few days late, depending on the quality of the data connection that my phone has.
So, if you like seeing the photos, but see only one photo associated with a journal entry, check back in few days, and there will probably be more.
About the hike:
I went back and forth on writing an entry about my reasons for doing a trip like this. I decided maybe it makes sense since some folks wonder…so I will step out of diary mode for the moment.
I think about freedom a lot. Growing up watching Grizzly Adams as a kid, this is what I saw in the wilderness..a true sense of freedom ( a bit ironic since Adams was actually a fugitive). Hiking the trail is a bit of a vagabond existence, where the essentials of life are actually of priority…food, water, shelter. There is a freedom in being concerned with just the essentials.
There is also a bit of a utopic experience with the other hikers and those in the hiking community. Kind of similar to the summer camp ‘bubble’ world that folks who have worked at a summer camp should relate to, but the experience is less rigid and more independent.
Adventure. Who knows what each day will bring?
I like walking a lot, it is a particularly creative time for my mind.
There are probably additional things that goes into the decision to hike a trail like this than what I have above….but those are at the top of what I believe leads me here.