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#119396 - 08/14/09 04:34 PM The trail is...
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Let's do some deeper pondering on what the trail means to us and how it affects and changes us. Just write something that you've thought of in the past or something that hits you now. Anything at all. Let's hear the philosopher in you.


Complete this sentence:
THE TRAIL IS...
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#119403 - 08/14/09 06:44 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
Bushman Offline
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Registered: 07/01/09
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Loc: California
a place where you find out how small we all are in this world.

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#119406 - 08/14/09 08:43 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
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The trail is most likely where we all are supposed to be... crazy
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#119408 - 08/14/09 09:27 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: sabre11004]
bigb Offline
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Loc: Maryland
where you find out who you really are.
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#119410 - 08/14/09 10:21 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
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Life.
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#119411 - 08/14/09 10:30 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
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The trail is where I walk away from what I have until I have a better understanding of what that is.
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#119412 - 08/14/09 10:56 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
Glenn Offline
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Registered: 03/08/06
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The trail is, and that's enough.


Edited by Glenn (08/14/09 10:56 PM)

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#119416 - 08/15/09 12:34 AM Re: The trail is... [Re: Glenn]
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The trail is the place where I am reminded how big God is, and how small I am.
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#119417 - 08/15/09 02:17 AM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
Dryer Offline
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Happy! grin (happy trails, to you!)
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#119418 - 08/15/09 02:51 AM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
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I had to look back in my journal of a bp on the Berg Lake Trail, Mt. Robson Provincial Park in BC, Canada five years ago to fill in the blanks JP has provided:

Doing, hiking, completing . . . THE TRAIL IS . . . not about conquering the wilderness. That is never the goal. The goal is to be a part of it. To step up the hill with a pack on your back. To wander farther upstream to a place accessible only to those willing to make the sacrifice and to withstand the pain to get there.

The reward? To witness some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. To paint images in your memory of a flower, a creature, an insect, a rainstorm. And to be a part of it.

I wish it was me (as do others with a bent toward inhumanism), but it was Robinson Jeffers, the early environmental poet, who wrote:

A severed hand is an ugly thing and man dissevered from the earth and stars
and his history... for contemplation or in fact...
Often appears atrociously ugly. Integrity is wholeness,
the greatest beauty is
Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty
of the universe. Love that, not man
Apart from that,
or else you will share man's pitiful confusions,
or drown in despair when his days darken.


On every step of the trail, I feel as if I'm happily treading water, NOT drowning in despair.

.
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#119438 - 08/16/09 11:03 AM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
Folkalist Offline
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Posts: 374
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA
The trail is . . . where God is not hidden behind recessions and government and material things.

The trail is . . . where I must learn who am and how to live with myself.

The trail is . . . how I bring balance back into my life.

Great topic, jp.
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#119444 - 08/16/09 01:52 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
theepdinker Offline
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Originally Posted By jpanderson80
Complete this sentence:
THE TRAIL IS...

It is complete.
You just got the punctuation wrong.
THE TRAIL IS !!!

theep

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#119474 - 08/17/09 12:54 AM Re: The trail is... [Re: theepdinker]
OregonMouse Offline
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Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
I agree--the trail IS, and it's the place to be, no matter what is going wrong--bad weather, crashing dead trees, barfing dog, millions of hungry mosquitoes--no matter what, the trail is better than anyplace else this side of heaven!
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#119487 - 08/17/09 11:06 AM Re: The trail is... [Re: OregonMouse]
jpanderson80 Offline
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Loc: Memphis, TN
Great stuff so far.

The trail is...
freeing.
insightful into walking "the trail of life".
a wonderland of creation, beauty and glory.
never under my feet enough!
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#119493 - 08/17/09 12:57 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
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Registered: 01/05/02
Posts: 862
Loc: Michigan
The trail is where you discover how simple life can really be. Just the basic necessities without all of the extra baggage of Babylon.

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#119497 - 08/17/09 02:16 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: GrumpyGord]
hoz Offline
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Registered: 10/31/02
Posts: 138
Loc: midwest
Originally Posted By GrumpyGord
The trail is where you discover how simple life can really be. Just the basic necessities without all of the extra baggage of Babylon.


Rainbow?
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#119589 - 08/19/09 11:50 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: hoz]
Hutch Offline
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Registered: 08/06/09
Posts: 3
Loc: Tennessee
Thinking of what "the trail is," reminds me of the feeling I get when I think of my favorite quote....

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it"
--Norman Maclean (1902-1990) American author.

A thought of peaceful contemplation kinda washes over me. I have always thought I was born 150 years too late.

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#119666 - 08/21/09 05:29 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
sparkyy Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 20
Loc: southern california
I am only truly alive and in the moment when I am alone in the wilderness.

The trail is a natural high.

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#120289 - 09/03/09 10:33 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
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Posts: 2752
Loc: California
The trail is like a highway. Major trails feel like being on an interstate route - quick but somehow not quite wilderness nor satisfying. Secondary trails feel like state roads - local and more interesting, but still not wilderness but a bit more satisifying. The real wilderness feeling comes only when getting completely off the trail. You now follow the path of the deer, elk, bear. Your mind engages in every step. This is not only walking, but thinking, strategizing, and not without some anxiety. No guarentees. You dead-end, back up, rethink. I prefer my wilderness off-trail; I prefer my life off-trail. I do not want to walk a path constructed by a trail crew; I do not want to live a life path set out by society thinks I should do.

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#120768 - 09/12/09 01:28 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: wandering_daisy]
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...over there!
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#121483 - 09/25/09 11:18 AM Re: The trail is... [Re: Folkalist]
Spock Offline
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Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 679
Loc: Central Texas
The trail is... the restoration of the world... refuge from the dead world... the path back to reality.


Edited by Spock (09/25/09 11:21 AM)

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#122275 - 10/12/09 10:09 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: Spock]
Good Day! Offline
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Posts: 11
Loc: Bay Area
where I regain my sanity.

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#122395 - 10/14/09 02:51 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
Trailrunner Offline
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Posts: 1835
Loc: Los Angeles
....after this storm.....covered with snow.

Yahoo!!!!
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#122489 - 10/16/09 01:00 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: ]
frenchie Offline
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Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 461
Loc: Lyon, France
...where I've not gone yet...

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#122502 - 10/16/09 05:04 PM Re: The trail is... [Re: jpanderson80]
Bradwick Offline
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Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 16
Loc: Bayville, ny.
soap for the soul. I always come out of the woods the very opposite of how i look.
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