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[pct-l] a good read!

In a message dated 9/23/01 10:25:45 PM, calinda4@hotmail.com writes:

<< I was surprised, on my JMT hike this summer, by how many people I met who 
had committed themselves to walk hundreds of miles and who didn't seem to 
enjoy HIKING at all.  They were very "gung-ho" (what the heck kind of idiom 
is that, anyway?) about their experience, but they cursed the uphills, they 
cursed the downhills, they cursed the mosquitos when they stood still...

Well, now, it seems to me that people who go on long hikes to ACHIEVE and 
COMPETE will NEVER be satisfied because the feelings of ego sating are indeed 
fleeting and addicting, compelling a person to pursue more of the same. To 
use a cliche, they can't see the forest for the trees. However, when one goes 
on a long hike to simply experience places, people and feelings without real 
goals in mind, the journey becomes and end to itself, a lesson. I have 
learned never to hike with gung ho people. They're presence, while not 
affecting me unless I LET them is none the less a distracting irritation to 
the tranquility I seek