Go Take a Hike! – NYTimes.com.< Enjoy the hope.
Every once in a while, Nick Kristof, prizewinning journalist takes a long hike, and it’s national news. This time it’s 145 miles in Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Kristof’s article calls to mind one of the most piercing quotes of all time, from the Grand Wanderer.
“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. ” -Thoreau
In 2010, on this exact date, I was 1544 miles into hiking the PCT, and in Etna California, about 100 miles south of entering Oregon.
Read my Trailjournal entry from that day, echoing my own renewed appreciation for hiking this particular National Scenic Trail.