Sit a spell

I sit an awful lot these days. Sit and work on my computer. It is a huge amount of mental effort to get out the door to exercise. Some days there is barely time to cook and eat, never mind exercise.

winter icicle

The to-do is so long and taking just 30 minutes to get outdoors takes every ounce of will power. Once I’m outside the hardest part is over.

girl at river

The list of things that must be done (we move in one week, I haven’t started packing) seems to never go away, but at least it doesn’t overwhelm the way it did two months ago.

petite cascapedia river

One day at a time is as fast as any of us can go.

I haven’t sat and listened to the river for ages. It’s generally too cold to sit but the days are warming and lightening, incredibly so with the time change.

Last summer many of my afternoon walks were “interrupted” by sitting at the river. I miss those days when the to-do list was only 6 deep for the day.

petite cascapedia river

The irony is not lost on me that a very physical journey like our hike has required an incredible amount of time sitting and typing away on my computer to get everything ready.

The video project, our family and business finances, hike itinerary and correspondence - all of it requires so much (sitting) work.

petite cascapedia river

Our daily active time has dwindled down to thirty minutes, when we can manage it. A far cry from the hours per day of active time we aim for “in our normal life”. Ah, normal life, how I miss thee.

petite cascapedia river

In a few short weeks we’ll be establishing a new normal. Hiking will be our work. Sitting for a spell will once again be a restorative break not our modus operandi. Entire days will be spent outdoors, not mere minutes.

I cannot wait.

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  • Sarah

    Sarah on March 12, 2014, 4:23 p.m.

    I just wanted to say I am so excited for you all!! It is ironic that sitting is required--I can't wait for the "real" trail to start for you!

    The trail calls me, too... I am reading lots of trail stories right now for my senior english paper and am thinking about your journey a lot. (Your lists of outdoor books have been very helpful for me--Thank you!) (I am in a class on utopian/dystopian literature and my teacher is awesome and very open to student ideas so she is allowing me to study trail literature through a utopian/dystopian lens, which is really interesting! What Jennifer Pharr-Davis (?) said about her feeling "called" to and by the trail makes so much sense for me.) 


  • Stephanie Stevens

    Stephanie Stevens on March 13, 2014, 3:06 a.m.

    You're so right, getting out the door is the hardest part.  I walk in the woods almost daily and it's my therapy.  So many days I almost don't go, and then the second I see the trees and breathe the fresh air I can't believe I thought about skipping it!  Absolutely restorative.  Good luck on your move.  That's never my favorite thing.  I can't wait to hear about your AT adventure!


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