[at-l] Post Trail Sadness Disorder

hiker 317 hiker317 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 28 10:25:36 CST 2010

No doubt about that...a long hike is a sort of reenactment of our long
journey out of Africa: walking from the last home-cooked meal to the next

On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM, Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think the spirit of adventure is writ in the human DNA but in many or
> most it gets squashed in childhood. Just my opinion.
> Jim Bullard
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> On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM, hiker 317 <hiker317 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I wonder if those of us who are afflicted with the disorder were once the
>> instigators of silly plans like
>> 'let's-put-some-dried-mammoth-meat-in-the-skin-boat-and-get-lost-on-the-really-big-lake'?
>> On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 9:41 PM, EHamilton <imagainst_the_wind at yahoo.com>wrote:
>>>  When it's the time of year that, last year, you were making your last
>>> preparations for starting your thru, when it's that time of year again and
>>> you're NOT starting another thru (and only did half of the one you intended
>>> to do)..... do you get sad? Do you buy trinkets that improve on the ones you
>>> actually took on the trail? A lighter penlight, instead of a headlamp? Do
>>> you spend hours on websites becoming familiar with gear you'll never get to
>>> use, at least not in the next few years? Do you decide at last that you can
>>> at least take your 7-yr-old granddaughter out on an overnight once in a
>>> while and wonder if that will do it for you, hiking and tenting a couple
>>> miles from home?
>>> My friend Patti "Jessie's Girl" from the AT is on a bus now headed for
>>> the Florida Trail. I'm so envious. I would have loved to go with her. I want
>>> to go hiking. We have 4+ feet of snow and I have no snoshoes but I want to
>>> go hiking. I want to hang up a hammock so it won't touch the snow, put a
>>> quilt under it so it won't touch the cold air, pitch a tarp over it so sleet
>>> won't cut my face, and sleep in the woods. I think I will. Make myself a
>>> hammock, traipse through the woods out back with my dog, set up my hammock,
>>> cook on the snow, and sleep out in the cold. I'll carry a warm bed for the
>>> dog. Or make her carry it.
>>> I want to go hiking.
>>> MacGyver
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