Hey guys, sorry I’ve been gone for so long! I spent some time away from technology and I’ve been busy with college, but I’m just posting to inform you guys that I’ll be posting regularly for the foreseeable future!
Recently, my good friend and I decided to tackle one of the hardest trails in our area. It is roughly a 7 mile round trip hike, which to most wouldn’t seem like much, but this trip is 3 and 1/2 miles at a 50 degree angle going uphill literally in the middle of a half frozen creek, and going downhill in the same conditions. I have a hard time discerning which is more difficult. They both have their particular challenges. It didn’t help that the weather was just above freezing, just warm enough for water to be still running over a thin layer of ice that had formed on top of the creek. And on top of that, it was raining. So cold, wet, and one wrong step away from plunging into a waist high creek and potentially falling down the side of the hill a decent ways. Nonetheless, we carried on. Slowly, we made it. While it was miserable, the view was worth it. I have attached pictures for your enjoyment!
I live in a small town in East Tennessee in a Valley surrounded by mountains. It’s quite beautiful. Even if I wanted to, I can not escape nature. My town is filled to the brim with hiking trails, waterfalls, a major river runs right through the town, and the Appalachian Trail runs right through the middle. I’ve grown up talking to hikers walking through our small but historic downtown area. I’ve looked at them with admiration and jealousy ever since I was old enough to remember. Their unshaven faces and long hair, funky outfits and dirty boots, and fun-loving demeanor have captured my heart. I’ve talked to many of them. Some even from other countries, and not a single one of them has had a bad thing to say about the trail. They say it’s amazing. I can imagine months with no one except myself and Mother Nature. The phrase “The mountains are calling and I must go” has never rang truer to my heart. If you have your own stories about the Appalachian trail or have thru-hiked it yourself feel free to comment! I would love to hear your personal experience!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but anyone who has spent any considerable amount of time in the great outdoors knows exactly what I am talking about. You see the phrase “The mountains are calling and I must go” plastered on T-shirts and websites, but there is no statement more true. Once you’ve experienced it, you can’t stop. It’s like a drug in a way. Waking up early in the morning with the sunlight and having to start a campfire because it is freezing, or laying in a hammock under the stars at 3 AM with nothing but the sound of the crickets and with nothing in the world to do. Simply put, it is euphoric. Amazing. Words simply cannot describe the joy that nature brings. I am thouroughly blessed to have grown up in a place where in a generation full of screens, I genuinely appreciate nature. In the words of Henry Thoreau, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
I’m gonna be honest with you guys, I have no clue how to “blog”. It is 4:43 A.M my time, and I can’t help but lay in bed and reminisce on all the fond memories I have of the outdoors. One of which, was my first camping trip without adults. My family owns a small cabin, more of a shack really, that I invited several of my friends to come and stay the night at. This cabin is about a 20 minute off-road drive, and is in a pretty thick part of the forest. Once we got there, we were all kind of nervous about staying in the woods by ourselves the first time and what not. You guys know how it is. Every little sound was a bear ready to maul us, to us at least. We ended up having a great time and we all came away with a newfound love of the outdoors, and I made some of the friends I would spend highschool with, camping as often as we could. Boring story, I know. But hey, I’m new here