The Appalachian Trail: Day 17

April 15, 2017

I woke up around 1:00am and wasn’t getting back to sleep easily enough. Thankfully, I keep a stash of melatonin. Gotta be well rested for days like today!

It was warm. Warm, but the miles seemed to just disappear behind us. It’s nice having someone to hike with who you can talk (or not talk) to about whatever weird stuff comes to mind when your body switches to autopilot and your mind is allowed to wander. The views were of rolling mountains and distant cities today. DustBuster said they were slightly reminiscent of Montana. We’ve picked up our pace a little but it doesn’t feel like any extra effort. I love every sweaty minute of it.

There were a few ridges where the ground dropped away at either side and it felt like a hearty yell would echo for miles and miles. I contented myself with singing loudly, instead. It’s amazing being able to see for so far in a given direction. Even seeing it doesn’t do it justice, though. Thousands upon thousands of life forms living, growing, coexisting in every acre of forest! It makes you feel tiny, and yet, so large because you’re a part of it. Your impact might be miniscule and life might continue on as if you never existed, but somewhere, somehow, your being alive has changed something.

20 miles today and I’m sleeping on a rock. Life is Good.

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