Friday, May 4, 2012

Funny story...

So, this Arizona trail adventure was meant to be about hiking, but lately it has been about everything but walking. In a quick run through, I flew into San Diego last Thursday and jumped straight into PCT mode. Tons of amazing people, food, and the stories flowed as wildly as the beer. I met some cool current hikers, and got to enjoy the long missed company of some fantastic people. I was having so much fun that I ended up voluntarily missing my flight back to Tucson, and have been bumming around So Cal ever since. I have spent ample time with Little Bug, cruising the sights and attractions of San Diego, hooked up about 30 PCT hikers with their first dose of trail magic just north of Warner Springs with fellow 2011er Unload, and goofed off lighting fire crackers on the beach with 4 fantastic friends. But I have done very little walking...

The time is approaching that I will need to abandon this life of fun and recklessness and return to walking, but really I hit the Arizona Trail to relax and unwind, and So Cal has hit that spot for me. I am still committed to the physical and mental challenge of the trail, but for right now, letting loose of the planning and stress was exactly what I needed. In the past few days I have been able to do exactly what feels right. The feeling to return to the trail has been growing and soon I intend to place one foot in front of the other and get back out there.

Even if only for a couple days, allowing myself to be in vacation-mode has helped me get back into a good mindset and isn't that what this trip was all about?

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