AT HAPPINESS: This Is Becoming Normal

AT HAPPINESS: This Is Becoming Normal

20150323_200208One of the things that I talked about earlier was the stages I expected to go through on the trail. Initially I was a hopeful thru-hiker. I expected that stage to last for a very long time.  Next I expected to become a novice thru-hiker as a sense of normality set in on the trail.


Amazingly that sense of normality has already started to set in after only 160 plus miles.  Getting up at sunrise (I’m not a morning person) breaking camp, packing up and walking for up to 9 hours a day, setting camp, cooking, hanging a bear bag is just what I do now.


Big ass mountains are quickly becoming just another hill. Not downplaying how hard this is, walking up and down mountains all day, every day is incredibly hard.  It’s exhausting, your body hurts all of the time, Advil are referred to as trail candy.  Coming out of the NOC we walked uphill for 6 hours and gained nearly 4000 feet in elevation.  We averaged 1.2 miles per hour.


Somehow all of this is becoming normal. I’m still learning how to do this, lessons are constant and important. Every single person on the trail is a potential teacher.  A LOT of people have quit already, I’ll say it again, this is hard.  Things happen you can’t control, we have all fallen, we are all banged up and losing weight.  But the important thing about normal is that it is normal, it happens every day, again and again.  Only 2120 some miles to go and a lot more happy days my friends.  – Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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6 Responses to AT HAPPINESS: This Is Becoming Normal

  1. James edgeworth says:

    Glad you are hanging in there. It’s wild at our age what the brain wants to do and the body doesn’t. Michael listen to the mind. You can do this.

  2. Shari says:

    You inspire me! Love the stories and can only imagine how hard it is. Keep it up!!

  3. says:

    You break 2000. You go all the way. Keep on walking.  Dick P

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