Training Hike #6

Guilderland Travel Blog

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Before the haircut...
What a nice day. The weather was perfect, the sun was shining, I was ready to get out and do a short hike just to keep my head in the game. I checked out the Albany Pine Bush - I've been there twice before, but I didn't want to get into anything too crazy, since it was after work and I still had a bunch of stuff to do. I got to the trailhead and put my pack on, only to realize that one of the buckles from the hip belt was missing. I think I used about 12 different curse words in 3 languages, but I quickly got over it. [I used 7 more curse words after the hike when I found the buckle sitting in my trunk obscured by much of the garbage that has been piling up in it over the last few months. I really need to take better care of my vehicle.] I knocked out around 3 miles of easy terrain in about an hour and loved every minute of it.
And afterwards. Quite a striking difference, wouldn't you say? Yes, these pictures were taken on the exact same day. I miss my hair.
While I was hiking I was doing a lot of thinking...

Is the following just a list of questions? Do they need to be answered?

-- Who --
Who am I?
Do I know who I am?
Do I like who I am?
Who do I want to be?
Who will even notice that I am gone?
Who will track my progress and welcome me back?
Who will I meet while I am on this trip?
Who cares?

-- What --
What is waiting out there for me?
What am I trying to find?
What am I running away from?
What am I going to be missing while I am gone?
What will I eat?
What if there isn't anything to eat?
What kind of trouble will I get myself into?
What do I like about my job and my career path?
What if this trip turns out to be a disappointment?
What if it's not all its cracked up to be?

-- When ---
When will this become real?
When should it have become real?
When will I finish?
When I come back, will things be the same?
When will I grow up?
When will everyone around me realize that you don't have to?

-- Where --
Where am I going to sleep?
Where am I going to go to the bathroom?
Where is home?
Where do I want to spend the rest of my life?
Where do I want to spend the next week?
Where will I go if I get sick?
Where on the trail will I feel like I am actually accomplishing this?

-- Why --
Why am I going on this trip?
Why would I leave everything I know?
Why rock the boat?

-- How --
How the hell am I going to do this?
How much fun am I going to have?
How much dread is there going to be?
How much weight will I lose? or gain?

Those questions (and about a bajillion others) are exactly why I am going on this trip. They may not all get answered, but more I bet more than one will.


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Before the haircut...
Before the haircut...
And afterwards. Quite a striking d…
And afterwards. Quite a striking …
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