So today I was already to pack up and hit the trail. But my new English friend Allister told me I needed chill and enjoy the experience more. He really does and convinced me I should. (Besides i was not to excited about hiking in the rain, again.) So I stayed another day in Hot Springs much to my enjoyment. I spent the afternoon and the evening getting to know my fellow hikers. Sometimes i get so focused on the miles I forget to socialize, sad but true.
The thing about thru-hiking is you get to meet people that you typically wouldn’t. People from other states, all around the world, from different walks of life. We are all on the same trail but all on different journeys, just as in life. (Basically, we’re all crazy enough to think we should walk to Maine) However, once connections are made it’s hard to part ways when you know you may never see each other again.
What I’ve come to learn is that each person that enters our lives brings something special, embrace it, no matter how big or how small. From this point on many people will be leaving the trail for many reasons, speeding up, slowin down. My wish is for everyone in our hodgepodge group is for everyone to get as far as they need to or want to. I know it’s cliche, but yeah HYOH!
Thank you ( Kid, Pops, Chicken Little, Heather, Orange Crush, Alistair, Mosey, Jersey Boy, Nilla, Captain, Lee, Aaron, the Ambercrombie & Fitch models) for being a part of my journey. Happy trails, stay safe, till we meet again.
5 thoughts on “Trail connections”
Love it Chardonnay! Thanks so much!
Dear Wandering, These are wonderful words and I would love to quote you and this blog on my blog. I love the words about the journey.
I have already written about Abby, Aaron, and put some of Justin’s writing in my “Other’s Words section.
I would appreciate your permission.
Stuart “Papa” Welch
You most certainly can!!!
You are living the dream. Hike on sister.