Leaving Nature’s Inn

10 thoughts on “Leaving Nature’s Inn”

  1. That tenting alone is soooo un-nerving. Never yelled out or bad dreams, but bad sleep. Wish the weather was warmer for you. Worst thing being cold. Thank you for sharing how hard the trail and trials are. Brings back lots of memories. I think I have ptsd from my hike. Not kidding.

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    1. I really appreciate this comment, Sookie! I often wonder if I am being too negative, but I see so many blogs where everything is so awesome! The reality is that there really are trials and tribulations out here, and it is not easy, nor one big wonderful adventure all the time.

      I’m also glad you said what you did about PTSD. I have mentioned it half-jokingly, at times, but I really know what you mean! After I got back home last time, I would have what I called ‘flashbacks. It went on for a while I would be doing something unrelated, not even thinking about the trail, and I would get an image of a place on the trail that would just flash into my memory. There were no emotions attached to it. Just an unremarkable flash of a picture of someplace on the trail. My memory of the trail in 2016 feels like a dream, and I often wonder if I went through parts of it ‘numb’ in order to deal with it (though I certainly cried enough while I was out there!)

      I know there is a book about preparing emotionally and mentally for the trail, but I would really be interested in reading a book about the different ways in which people have dealt with the trail, and the ‘aftermath’. I hope you are doing well. I’m curious to know if you have any other trails in your future. I think it’s important to have some other goal once you come off the trail, and I’m really thinking a lot about that this time. Not only did I have the physical exhaustion and pain afterwards, but I was sedentary due to that. Being sedentary is NOT good for mental, emotional or physical health! I can really feel a difference in all three areas out on the trail, and I think it’s all of the exercise I’m getting!! I also think I really beat myself up over not finishing when I came back. Certainly, you go from having the goal of reaching Katahdin while out there on the trail, it’s your every day focus. You just get up and walk, knowing that’s what you DO. Then, BOOM. It’s gone, and you feel rudderless. I went through the motions physically for my duties at home when I came back. I want to have something in place to keep me active, busy and looking forward when I come off the trail this time. “Hope deferred makes he heart sick.” I think that scripture is so true!

      Thanks again for your comment!

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      1. All great points, Rebound! One thing that drew me to your blog originally is that you are open in sharing your experiences – good, bad, highs, and lows. Your writing takes me with you. Thank you for being willing to share so much of what you see and feel.

        Those kinds of dreams freak me out! I hope the coming weeks leave those dreams far behind and bring you renewed confidence and strength.

        I agree with the re-entry emotions and flashbacks. I’ve gotten some of those after being on the trail for just 2 weeks. Having a plan in place helps a lot.

        Have a beautiful week at home. I’m looking forward to reading what’s next for you!

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      2. I appreciate your thoughtful comments SO MUCH, Helen! I’m also glad to see your picture. ๐Ÿ™‚ …and getting little glimpses of your personality that help me to know you better. You mentioned, once, that it was hard waiting for my blog posts. I keep forgetting to tell you that if you are on Facebook, I have a Facebook ‘group’ called Appalachian Sojourn where Bud is leaving updates there when I don’t have cell service or time to make a blog post. Just do a search for ‘Appalachian Sojourn’. I know many people don’t have Facebook, so I try to give all the details here on my blog, and I rarely post anything there on Facebook. Often, with crappy WiFi or bad cell service, it’s hard for me to connect and loads slowly for me. It just frustrates me, so I don’t get on there much, but Bud is thorough (and also fun, funny and full of personality.) I often wonder if my fans love him more than me! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s okay. I get it. I married the guy! I’m willing to share him.

        You have to ‘join’ the group, but we are accepting anyone who wants to join. It just prevents any Tom, Dick and Harry from having access to it, and keeps it a bit more private than a public ‘page’. Sometimes, it seems to me, that Facebook pushes to make things public. Ugh. Don’t get me started.

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      3. Thanks for the Facebook tip, Rebound! I joined your Facebook group with Bud’s updates. I sooo appreciate those. It’s so neat that he can tell if you’re on the move and where you are. I understand how hard it is to get blogs posted when you’re on the trail. You are doing a remarkable job with it all. Thank you!


      4. Thank you for that comment. I stress about blog posts a lot! I don’t want to do them while I am on the trail, because I’m always worrying about my battery life.

        I often can’t get on Facebook, even at hostels or towns. It loads so slowly, and Facebook is hard for me to navigate on my I-phone. It’s very frustrating, so I’m dependent on Bud to update there. From the few I’ve seen, he is doing an awesome job of it! I’m grateful he has taken that over, and glad you have joined!

        Thank you for following. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I worked for years as an actor, I’d get a contract, put it in my dance bag and hit the road for a new city, leaving my husband for a month at a time. It was hard but now that we are older, after 40 years of marriage, it is much harder to be apart. If he is gone for a night or two I don’t sleep. Is it deep down we know time is fleeting or are we set in our ways of coupledom? It’s harder now. I’m sure that miles apart you can still feel his support and presence.

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    1. Thank you for this comment. Congrats on 40 years of marriage! That is unheard of in this day and age. You have really achieved something major in that. It also sounds as if you’ve had a full and exciting life so far.

      Bud has been awesome, and is my biggest supporter and fan. Yes, I do worry about our time spent apart–not that it will have any effect on our marriage, but that it is time missed that we could have spent together….but seeing each other again is all the more sweet when I come back. ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been much harder being apart this time around, than with my 2016 thru-hike attempt.

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