[at-l] So why do you wan to hike the trail?

Jim Bullard jim.bullard at gmail.com
Sun Apr 8 11:37:25 CDT 2007

When I was first married and my new wife did something inexplicable
(to me) I'd ask "Why...?" Her reply frequently was "Do I need a

Something about hiking in general and the AT in particular pulls at
me. I can't explain it. It isn't about challenges. I enjoy photography
but I can (and do) take lots of photos of nature without hiking
anywhere to shoot them. Challenge? I've had lots of challenges in life
including many I'd happily have done without. At 62 the only
'challenges' I'll voluntarily undertake are pretty tame. It isn't
about spirituality/religion. I can feel close to nature & God in my
own garden and frequently do. It isn't about philosophy, rites of
passage or even for the social aspect of the hiking community. The
truth is I'm not a very social person. It certainly isn't about living
on the edge. I've come face-to-face with my own mortality enough to
make me a cautious person in the woods. I really don't have an
explanation so I'll resort to my wife's response...

Do I need a reason?

On 4/8/07, greyowl at rcn.com <greyowl at rcn.com> wrote:
> Because it is there? How Victorian.  To challenge yourself?  Good for your, but
> there are many challenges in life why did you choose this particular one?  To
> find out who you are?  That is kind of strange, I knew who I was when I was six,
> what I am going to do when I grow up is a different question.  A right of
> passage?  I would recommend the mother of all rights of passage, a year in Iraq.
> All of your questions will be answered (I did the Vietnam version, jungles ain't
> fun either).
> So why do I want to hike the trail?  Actually I really don't want to hike the whole
> AT, it just doesn't interest me and life is just too short to spend 6 months on a
> trail.  Now six months above the artic circle is another story or spending a year
> on a sail boat going around the world is even more of an adventure.  Life is too
> short to do or see everything that I want to do.  No I am going to say life is a
> journey, even though it is.  We are born, we live, we die.  The important part is
> how we live.  I personally believe that if you do not live on the edge than you are
> taking up too much room.  Hiking is not lving on the edge unless it is through
> trackless wilderness with only a gun and a bed roll, a pot and some corn meal.
> So the adventure begins.  Baby steps at first as my wife is joining me and she is
> not one for adventure.  See you all on the trail/river/ocean/mountain, etc.  The
> first step is moving in July.  The second step is a bare bones webpage.  I will
> post the hiking here.
> Bob
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Jim Bullard

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