I don't mean to be a downer, in fact, I usually try to avoid such topics on this blog. However, that was my main thought on today's hike. I heard many birds flying amongst the Redwoods this morning, and thought about them spending a majority of their time outside. So quickly, I now bounce from one controlled environment to the next, and I have no one to blame for it but myself.
So far, I'm not happy with my limited hiking options, and I've been too lazy to make the effort to expand my horizons. I thought about how the PCT seems to create this illusion that wilderness is everywhere, and the land is free and open for travel. It's an amazing feeling, but very unrealistic now that I'm back in civilization. I'm still very bothered that I can't just walk wherever I want to.
Nonetheless, it was a great day to be out for a walk. There were many giant slugs on the trail today, and I had to watch my step so not to step on them.