|Happiness is plentiful water that you don't have to carry. This is why I work so much: so I can afford to go hiking.|
The mental recovery always takes a little longer. Being on trail is freedom. Being back is also great but means working at a desk. I like having no schedule. Doesn't everyone? It has been hard to dive back into the world of conference calls and projects. Everywhere I look I see people retiring early due to their career choices, or not working at all for a variety of reasons. I don't want their lives, but sometimes it is hard not to feel envious of their lifestyles.
After two weeks off trail, I feel like I'm back to normal. I did another two hikes this weekend and both were straight up towards the sky. One was on a well-trodden trail, and the other was an exploratory hike (and we all know what that means). We thrashed around in the downfall trying to find the remnants of an old trail, now abandoned but for a hardy few. Spoiler alert, we never made it to the lake, but not for lack of trying.
|Our little remaining doggie. He's pretty sad about losing his buddies this summer, but he was happy about hiking.|
So the moral of my story is: Don't try to hike like a thru hiker...
Oh what the hey. Just go out there and challenge yourself. I'm glad I did my hike that way, sore feet and all. Once in awhile you need to go beyond.