First, is anyone else getting weirdness on blogspot when they comment? It looks like my comment is "stuck" and doesn't take, but it really does take (as I can tell when I reload the page and look).
And the real post: I recently read Cheryl Strayed's Wild (thanks to my Niece, who gave it to me for Christmas). I know it's problematic in so many ways (who in their right mind starts off on such a hike without at least some short trips to test equipment and get ready?), but it's also a fun read, a story of a sort of grand adventure. (Yep, there's all sorts of painful stuff there, too, but I connected most with the adventure part.)
Now I'm NOT going to run off and start the Pacific Crest Trail without some realistic prep... which means I probably will never run off and start the Pacific Crest Trail. For one thing, there's appeal and there's, well, what's the opposite of appeal? I don't see myself hiking for days on end. As a friend says, time on task. For lots of things, I do really well with a task of several hours (biking, kayaking, walking in a museum). And then I increasingly find whatever it is unpleasant. So that makes some things (long hikes, full days in museums) pretty unappealing.
And yet, I have a sabbatical coming up, and I want to go on some sort of adventure. Maybe I could hike on a trip for a week? (with appropriate training and equipment checking along the way)
What are the ethics of hiking to Everest Base Camp? Here's a guided thing. (That would take a really devoted year of prep, I'm guessing.)
What about part of the Pacific Crest Trail? Or part of the Appalachian Trail? Or ever part of the Superior Hiking Trail?
Or Machu Picchu?
Or other ideas?
or maybe a biking trip?