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Re: [at-l] Re:Whites Incident & Cell Phone
"...Many folks seem to take loss of a spouse as an "opportunity" to do a
thru-hike, possibly as a means of working out some feelings and demons..."
observes Orange Bug.
Most people I met on the trail were people in transition. Kids between high
school and college. Kids between college and their first jobs. New retirees.
Folks laid off from jobs. Folks hiking after the death of a spouse or a
relative. One 40-year-old nurse was hiking because a sister-in-law had died of
cancer. "I decided to live my dreams before it was too late," she explained.
I had the impression that more of those hiking because of personal life changes
finally finished, than others with less intense reasons.