It’s a feeling I can’t explain, I don’t think anyone can actually, it’s a feeling that cannot be put into words but once one experiences it, it will never be forgotten. That’s what backpacking is, it’s a chance to be free, nothing stopping you from being exactly who you want to be, it’s the feeling of being on top of the world, literally. Standing there with a sense of accomplishment comparable to nothing else, seeing things you never imagined you would see, and knowing when the world is placing stress on you emotionally, financially, or friendship wise, if you look back to that moment of standing on that ledge everything seems to vanish.
Only the important things in life come into focus. The beauty of the world around you not littered with high rises, fancy cars, or other shinny things. The flowers and the trees swirl together to create a priceless masterpiece. It’s like a whole other world while you’re out there, it’s hard to imagine that one day all the hustle and bustle of ordinary life is flying around you like a never ending wind, and then in a couple days and a few hikes later you come across something that is pretty rare these days, peace. It’s an emotional and mental sort of peace; with each step forward something being left behind. It’s almost like you feel your body emptying from everything that is not important; all the drama, all the stress, all the worrying. It all disappears, never forever but for that moment. All the space inside that was wasted dealing with the stress and drama of everyday life soon is replaced with appreciation; of your friends, of nature, of your life, of simplicity.
There is nothing left to do but smile, and think can life really be this beautiful? It can and it’s a stage and realization in life that all too many people never completely grasp. They are labeled with the title, “successful” and believe that they have mastered life, but something they will never have is something money can’t buy. And it’s that feeling, the feeling of being light and happy, no worries to tie you down, looking around and loving. That’s backpacking, and that’s life.
That is the best way i can sum up my fourteen day backpacking trip in the remote wilderness of Isle Royale, Michigan. It was by far one of the best vacations and experiences of my life. It made me rethink many aspects of my life and society in general, and it made me realize many things. I found who i truley am during that trip, and the person i wish to continue to be. I would recommend this adventure to anyone and everyone, it was a true experience of a life time.
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