If you would have asked me a few months ago, before I caught 'the bug' while I was still active in the Marines, "What do you plan to do when you retire?", hiking would have been the last thing on my list.
For various reasons, a thru hike didn't work out this year - but what started as a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, blossomed into a section hiking adventure, and a new, dare I say, love in my life.
The trail brings perspective to my life. It removes me from the doldrums that are the day-to-day life of someone with PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression. I intentionally capitalize them because they currently define who I am. But for the briefest of moments while on the trail, I no longer feel depressed, or anxious at the world, and at times, the rarest and fleeting of moments, I even forget the nightmares that haunt me.
I leave yet again for another section hiking adventure. Tomorrow I will depart for Baxter State Park's southern-most border, and hop back on the Appalachian Trail to begin a 30-40 day section hike of the trail in Maine through the White Mountains ("The Whites").
I will continue to post, as I typically do, to my Trail Journal while I am out hiking about.