I am no longer in constant motion.
Instead, I am perched on the edge of the reflecting pool in Washington DC. Ducks glide across the water and tourists are occupied with snapping pictures. The sun is shining and my feet are soaking in the algae-coated water.
Yesterday, these feet crossed a stream that marked 1000 miles.
My feet splash at the water. This is my first zero day since Trail Days. My body might not be tired, but my mind is ready to rest.
A few days ago, I saw a friend’s Katahdin summit picture from many years ago. He was dressed in warm layers and holding a champagne bottle in triumph. But what really struck me was the snow covering half of the Katahdin sign. It makes me wonder.. Why is everybody hiking so fast? Why am I hiking so fast? I want to slow down and build a tiny snowman at Katahdin. To me, nothing sounds more lovely.
Advice for my next 1000 miles:
-Don’t be afraid to follow the blue blazes to a waterfall
-Don’t be afraid to lose the hiker bubble
-It’s okay to take a zero just to eat at a buffet
-Don’t be afraid to stop hiking in the middle of the day to read a book
-Take more photos
I am taking some time off the trail to go to Chicago. I have to pack up the apartment and watch Luke graduate from his fellowship program before he heads to Africa.
Don’t worry. It’s a round-trip ticket…. I have another 1000 miles to hike!
Some photos from the last week:
PS: Thanks for the care packages, homemade cookies, and letters at Harpers Ferry!