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  1. Deb
    Deb December 3, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Just awesome. There is so much grace in solitude. I’d love to hear from any female thru hikers! Considering this myself in the next couple of years and want to learn about everyone’s experience. Ray I love your blog, thanks for writing it!!

    1. JoT
      JoT December 3, 2013 at 6:08 am

      Deb, you’ll find a lot of JMT hikers (female and not) over at the JMT yahoo group. I am a female solo trekker and the Yahoo group is how I discovered this blog.

  2. John Ladd
    John Ladd December 3, 2013 at 5:56 am

    One thing I have noticed on your point 3 (The Scenery) is the difference it can make bringing a camera. I usually do without one, which has the advantage that, when an animal appears, I can just enjoy looking at it rather than diving for my camera and often finding the animal has moved on before I can get it out. On the other hand, bringing a camera makes me pay attention to the small details – like your nice tree and rock picture – that I’d otherwise miss. Best of both worlds is hiking with a good photographer, when my eye tends to look for good pictures but he or she takes them.

  3. JoT
    JoT December 3, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I miss all those things and more. I miss the feeling that comes from living physically in the now: I am tired, sit; I am hungry, eat. I miss the feeling of working hard physically from dusk to til dawn every day. I missing looking behind me at an entire valley and thinking, “wow, I crossed that by walking in one day.” There’s the feeling of being part of the larger animal world, instead of thinking I am APART from it.
    It’s been two months since my trip ended and even though I swore I wouldn’t do a trip of that length again (shower…shower…where’s the shower?), I have caught myself poring over Appalachian Trail blogs.
    Thanks, Ray for the reminder of good things JMT. They are not easily forgotten.

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