Thursday, April 26, 2012

Walking Man Walk

In my restless and excited state last night I laid in bed with every inspirational/psyche up/motivaitonal quote I ever read to students on Outward Bound whirling through my head.  The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step... The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and conveinece but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy... There's more in you than you know... A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to it's old dimensions... Even quotes that are entirely unrelated appear. Everyone laughs in the same language...Whaaaa? Where did that one come from? Anyway, my mind has also been racing with songs about walking. Particularly James Taylor's Walking Man. (Press play for the whole affect.)

Walking Man by James Taylor on Grooveshark

So today is the day that we head toward San Diego and then over to the Lake Morena campground for the Kick Off festival. I suppose my mind has fallen back on all of these quotes because otherwise it doesn't know where to go. How to wrap around the fact that TOMORROW we start hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. That for the last 6 years I've thought about thru-hiking. For the last year it's come together. And for the last two months it's utilized most of our brain power. And here it is. Tomorrow. I look at Trav. And I realize that he's hiking the whole thing with me. And it's perfect. I look at him and my mind races again about all the things that he will learn.  That we will learn and see and do. And we're ready. There's nothing left for us to do but walk. To take it in. To keep our eyes open. Laozi's quote is great and all, but I just keep thinking... our journey isn't a thousand miles. It's two thousand six hundred and sixty three miles.  Then my brain sort of short circuits and James Taylor chimes back in melodically. I smile. Trav smiles back. It's time to let our minds quit wandering and let our feet do the work. 

Quotes by Laozi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Kurt Hahn, and Oliver Wendell Holmes...and just a good old proverb.


  1. MAGS - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post - so wonderfully written and we are soo soo pumped for this adventure yall are about to embark on! Love yall dearly! xo

  2. MAGGIE!!! I am SO excited for you...this is one of my lifetime dreams, and I can't wait to follow your adventure! Will you post drop-sites on this blog? I'm gonna send you cookies. I'll be in the Eastern Sierras for much of the summer, and know a wonderful family up in Lee Vining who'll be happy to take in some dirty thru-hikers. Who knows - maybe I'll see you up in the mountains :) Have the best time in the west! -Allison (Horst)

  3. Can't wait to follow your adventure, so proud of you both. xo

  4. Holy smokes! I'm so excited for you both I can hardly contain it! Best of luck-you're going to have such a great time and I can't wait to hear more about it as your journey on up the path. We'll be thinking about you guys and sending warm thoughts your way. Love to you both!
    A & J

  5. This is absolutely amazing and completely inspiring! You two even make ME want to leave it all behind and hike and live in the woods (for a month, or two, max but still!). So much love and admiration. You two are so lucky to have each other. See you on the trail!!! xo

  6. Beautiful start to a beautiful journey. Can't wait to share it vicariously! Love you both!
    (Every other man stops and talks...but the walking man walks...)

  7. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeaaaaaahhh! Couldn't be cheering louder for you guys from New Orleans! Another unforgettable journey had begun for you both.. Mags, I can't wait to hear where on the trail has Trav bouncing his curls and weavin his hands through the branches and Trav, I can't wait to hear about where the most epic bowl of Mac n chee was eaten (it has to be Big Sur level). Miss you guys already and hope to meet you on the trail


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