Breezy is one of over 60 “voices” you will hear in my new book, Voices of The Colorado Trail.
“This is my first thru-hike. I decided to do it because I was becoming cynical about humanity and I had just been laid off from my job. I love trail running and I love being outside, so I just wanted to get some clarity and to figure out my purpose. But, I’ve gotten so much more out of it than that. I may not have figured everything out yet, but it has been an experience worth doing. The clutter of the day to day stuff stops when I’m on the trail, and I feel present. It seems to me that life doesn’t have to be complicated and that I’m not really that important. It is such a humbling experience being outside and being vulnerable, exposed to the weather. It has helped me realize that all the day to day, mundane problems we experience in our normal life are not so significant. I mean, look at this view. The mountains, the trees grow despite everything, and they will be here long after we are gone. It puts day to day life into perspective for me.
I had an interesting experience in the Mt Massive Wilderness. For several years, I haven’t felt like my career was the right fit for me. It isn’t me. But, that day there was a doe running towards me on the trail. We both stopped and looked at each other. The exchange lasted at least two minutes, I swear. And, in that moment I felt this overwhelming sense that I was suppose to be here. This is exactly where I was meant to be. I know other hikers have felt this on the trail, but it was like deja vu. I’ve been here before, and this is where I was meant to be. I am meant to be here, right now.
I started July 1st. I’ve had a great time and I’ve met a bunch of incredible, generous, kind people throughout my experience on the trail. I was nervous about lightning, but the only time I’ve heard thunder was coming down from Kokomo Pass. Other than that, the weather has been almost perfect for me. I timed it just right. I did get some rain and hail, but it didn’t bother me too much.
Yesterday was a little discouraging and miserable. It was raining before I gained the pass, and I stopped under some trees to rest. This hummingbird came under the tree and just hovered there for a few seconds and we looked at each other. I felt like she was saying, ‘Come on, you can do this,’ and encouraged me to go on. So, it’s the little experiences like that, on the days where the trail is not easy, that are spiritual and powerful to me. They push me on.”