We are finally at the point in our trip where I feel like we will make it home soon. Having been on the trail for nearly two months – and 80% of the work has been done in these first two states – theoretically, it is all downhill from here. I have learned a lot about camping and hiking, and a bit about myself as well. What I do know for sure is that the woods are beautiful, but at times this beauty is out-shined by desperation and intensity – usually when it’s raining or I’m close to running out of food. Lately I have not been as anxious about completing the trail on time – this experience has been so rewarding that I am already content with the results.
Yesterday was my favorite day so far. It was absolutely spectacular – you should look at the pictures. They are great, but they still don’t do these magnificent structures justice. They really can make you feel small with their sheer size and the obstacles that they present for a climber/hiker. Even though this trail is not nearly the most difficult thing I have ever done, the bad days still test my patience and will. These two sensations coupled together can make you feel completely helpless, but I have found it much easier to have a peaceful heart here lately. Until next time.
-Andrew “alpacka” Fortenberry
“You will keep in kerf exit peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts You.”