PCT Day 13, ‘zero’ day, Skykomish

When God is moving you towards a new consciousness, you need to recognize the winds of change at once, move with them instead of clinging to what is already gone. —Marion Woodman

Today was my day off.

1. I ate a big, beautiful burger washed down with a local ale.

2. I took several hot baths.

3. I talked to Richard – a lot.

4. I watched various trains pass through town

5. I laughed and cried with new friends.

6. I worked on visual-audio essays in the tiny town library.

7. I sat on a bench and watched the clouds turn pink over the mountains.

8. I picked through the ‘hiker box’ and scored some protein bars.

9. I slept in a cuddly bed.

10. I finished Amy Tan’s new book.

11. I applied for a job.

12. I never once put on my sneakers.

My friend Sarah sent me a wonderful article about walking today. Solvitur ambulando means ‘it is solved by walking.’

I guess I knew that all along, but nice to be reminded that I’m on the right track – and in good company, too. Simone de Beauvoir, Beethoven, Kierkegaard, all walkers, the latter saying –

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.

Even Shakespeare has Prospero in The Tempest praise the virtues of walking to work out what ails us –

A turn or two I’ll walk, to still my beating mind.

Walking heals, and another helping comes my way tomorrow – but please forgive me when the posts come in batches as I am truly in the wilderness up here in Washington state.

Catch you in a little under a week.

♥️ Anita, blissful and the full time pedestrian. 🐥👣🎒

Published by alison young

Alison Young is the Blissful Hiker, a voice artist and sometime saunterer. 📣🐥👣🎒

Reader Comments

  1. Good On You! . . . .this is a fabulous quote and
    the things that you listed are marvelous self-care
    tips. Above all, remain blissful !

    xoxo, M

    1. ha!! the trail is SO much about finding that sweet spot. Will be thinking of you and getting my bliss on this week ♥️♥️♥️

  2. Hi Alison,

    It is so great to be getting your blogs again. This hike sounds more difficult than New Zealand. Trying to sleep knowing that bears could be nearby would keep me awake every night. Thanks for taking on the PC trail. Now I can live it vicariously.

  3. Alison–wow! I found you on my PCT map…finally…on your day of rest with a batch of good friends…and….
    applying for a job??? Already??? You keep going…the trail is not through with you yet…Zola

  4. All great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
    ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

    Kia Ora!
    Never been a huge Nietzche fan but always loved this quote. Hope all is well. Didn’t realize you were already a few weeks into it! Been busy here and a few issues with my mom so may be home sooner than I thought. Still hoping to get into the Ruahine for a week end of July. Got your letter Kia Ora! Will say g’day to to the whanau here for you. I hope this walk brings clarity and strength to you. Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui…Be Strong, Be Steadfast, Be Willing.
    Arohanui e hoa,

    1. thank you, my tramping friend. you would laugh at the grade of the PCT – a highway!!! still exhausting but this ain’t no Ruahine or Tararua!! 🐥🐥🐥

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