Today’s #ThruHikerThursday feature is someone who caught our attention last year during one of our pack giveaways. Katie was hiking the Appalachian Trail and we couldn’t help but notice she @whereiskatiedoane was hiking all 2,189 miles with her Golden Retriever, Indiana aka “Little Spoon.” For anyone on the AT, there are many stories to be told. Katie sent this into us and she titles it “Trail Karma,” for more on Katie visit her bio and the article she wrote for @thetrek.co.
“I had lost sight of a specific reason why I was hiking the AT. It was becoming so daunting that I couldn't even provide an answer to all that asked. Then one day the thought was finally formed in my mind, and I felt confident in my trek.
From the wise words of some podcast: ‘The trip gave me amazing sights, but it's only in standing still that allowed me to turn those into lasting insights.’
In my frustration hiking up an endless switchback, I realized something. There are plenty of reasons people do the trail, and I felt lost with only my fragmented ones. But it dawned on me. A fresh start. Walking endless miles through the country is like a reset. I’ve done so many things that I am not proud of. Walking through pointy rocks, uphill, in the burning heat sucks, but it humbles you. It's almost as if I am paying my debts to myself, working as hard as I can to be a better person.
Every time I spend time in the woods I’m brought back to living in the moment and reminded of not sweating the little stuff. I wish everyone could feel this way... free, being completely in control of everything around you. Being the one solely responsible for the outcome, the reason and the result for what’s happening. I wanted so bad to blame someone else for my struggles. A reason, a scapegoat, for why it was hard, or why I was struggling. Until I realized something, it's me. It’s me that trips on rocks, controls how fast I go, and when I stop.
When I want food, I eat it, when I need a moment to take it all in, I take it. That moment when you realize that everything around you is in your control, peace is restored, magic happens, and you realize your own mess of a life is a beautiful thing after all.”