Thru-hiking is NOT what I expected it to be. I met an older man yesterday, who was sitting on the trail, gazing at the scenery, speaking of its tranquility. We talked a bit & he said how he lives in the mountains & chooses to walk only 7 miles a day. He finds a campsite far off trail & soaks himself into the surroundings. Another thru-hiker & I laughed, WISHING we could be immersing ourselves like that. I mean, we can, but what I’ve learned on the PCT is that it’s very time sensitive. You have to be from point A to point B by a certain time “or else” the weather conditions could possibly kill you if you’re not careful. I have always seen myself as someone who comes to nature when I’m searching for my Self. The idea of taking a walk in the woods or hugging a tree has always helped me reground myself back into stillness. Thru-hiking however, feels more like you have to PUSH yourself to enjoy what’s in front of you. It is THE hardest part of the day to wake up early & think to myself “well, today I’m going to hike over 30 miles… again”. The amount of sleep I get feels non existent, especially when my feet are throbbing throughout the night. But what’s beautiful, is that I’ve learned what I like & don’t like. I LOVE to take my time & sit & read in the forest, maybe go for a nice jog, but when it starts feeling like I “have” to do something, that’s where it feels like the joyfulness disappears. I desire to live like that older man & I know he showed up in my reality to show me that there is always something out there that speaks more resonantly to my soul.
- Hiking the Timberline Trail, Glacial Stream Crossings, Constant Birthing of the Present Moment and Time Being a Man Made Construct
- Letting the Ocean Heal Me, Hitchhiking Inland, Universe Gifting Me Virile Men and Honoring Their Cocks, Getting Caught on Camera
- Krystal’s Hibiscus Flower in Full Bloom, Stigma Around Traumatic Events, Forgiving What Never Was and Exploring Newport OR with Violet
- Guilty Pleasure Songs, Stranger Things Lighting Animation, Normalization of Sex/Violence and Rekindling with Krystal
- Meteor Shower in Jackson Hole, Spaghetti Dildos, Passion/Trauma, In and Out of the Present Moment and Making Love Under the Traces of Glittering Stardust