|Southbound on the Appalachian Trail 2015|
That being said, I am in a period of transition once again. Probably the hardest part about this hiking lifestyle. I feel like I am starting over once again. I'm leaning towards finding work in Maryland once again to be closer to family for a time period. In California, I had such a fantastic wilderness/exploration diet, but really missed my family. Here I have family but worry I will be suffering from a lack of wilderness/exploration. At the same time, I've always believed that one can find all of the wonder, awe, and fulfillment in their own backyard as they can find on top of the loftiest mountaintop 3000 miles away if they look hard enough. I guess that will be my challenge in the coming days. Not sure what this means for the blog, but it may become more mundane for a time period as I search for the spirit of wilderness in the concrete jungle.
There are more hikes marinating in the recesses of my brain as well. Along the Appalachian Trail, I met a trail legend named Bob Peoples. He is a trail angel, hostel owner, and long distance hiker infamous for his hospitality. One thing he said that I remember most was this: "Whenever you complete one item on the 'life bucket list,' be sure to add two more."