One foot in front of the other. Everything you need in the world on your back. Wake up with the sun. Go to sleep when it gets dark. Walk, listen and observe in between. The Hiking Life.
12 Long Walks: Epilogue
On December 28, 2012, I completed the Appalachian Trail, the final installment of the 12 Long Walks (see slide show below). Totalling some 14,300 miles and taking a little under eighteen months, it was an incredible journey in many ways. A confirmation more than a revelation, it reaffirmed and heightened the lifelong bond I have felt towards the natural world. However, it was more than simply a series of extended wanderings through the wilderness. The serendipitous encounters, the wonderful folk I met along the way, confirmed what two decades of exploring remote corners of this extraordinary planet had already taught me – nature brings out the best in people. It brings out the best in me. Thank you, North America!
Swami (a.k.a. The long distance hiker occasionally still known as “Cam”)