This is Day 30 of the 31 day series on “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I expected lightweight backpacking to be a hobby. Instead it has transformed me for the better.
Getting into backpacking has opened up a whole new world for me. It has given me new dreams and ideas on how to help each other and how to explore this beautiful planet.
Prior to getting into backpacking, a multiple day backpacking trip wouldn’t have been my idea of fun. Now I’m on the lookout for new trails to explore. I want to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru, backpack across Canada on the 14,912 mile long Great Trail, and walk the route that John Muir took from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park.
Another trail that I have my eye on is the 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The PCT goes through California, Oregon and Washington. About three weeks ago, two friends from Yosemite finished hiking the PCT. I am inspired by their focus and dedication for preparing and hiking for five months from Mexico to Canada.
When I was running a bed and breakfast in the San Francisco Bay Area, I loved getting to host people from all over the world. I think it would also be fun to open up a hikers hostel somewhere off of the PCT, so that the thru-hikers could have a soft bed to sleep in, take a hot shower, eat a homemade meal and resupply on food for the trail. I’d equally love designing and building the cabins, aka tiny homes, for the thru-hikers to sleep in. I could create custom mood lighting for each cabin, along with other pieces of art, and of course they’d have a comfy bed and a wall outlet for charging their gadgets.
I am very grateful that backpacking has opened up my world and for inviting me to imagine the possibilities of where this hobby could lead. This is only the beginning! I am excited to see where this takes me.
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For the entire month of October I’ll be daily posting about, “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” Go here to see the Table of Contents.
Day 31 – 30 Benefits to Backpacking