Pratt MFA Communication Design '15 R.I.S.D. BFA Illustration '13
Living and making in Brooklyn
WHAT? THOSE LINES DIDN’T LOOK SO CLOSE TOGETHER ON THE TOPO MAP!
Leaving early tomorrow to go hiking & backcountry camping in the White Mountains for a few days. I can’t wait and I have trouble even putting into words how much I’m looking forwards to this.
I love the simplicity of camping, the methodology of camping. Not worrying or thinking about my job, my finances, the future, but instead thinking about my most basic needs. Am I fed? Am I warm? Am I safe? And if those simple needs are met, that is all I need to feel euphoric. I love going to sleep in the forest, gazing up at more stars than could possible exist and feeling all the energy and mystery of the mountains at night. I love waking up in the forest and relishing the stillness and quiet of the early morning as sunlight gently filters through the trees. I love the good plain ‘ol tired feeling I get in my bones when I know I have put in a solid day of hard hiking. I love preparing a hot meal in the woods and when I sit down to eat it, the delicious food sliding down my throat is the most pleasurable and comforting experience I’ll ever have. I love the way the wilderness makes me feel grounded and humble, how it helps me find stillness within myself. Most of all I love camping because it reminds me to be humble, to work hard, and appreciate simplicity.
Pro tip: If you read a trail description and it says, “There are some more difficult sections of the trail that require technical hiking.” that really means, “Yo dawg, you gonna have to bust out some mutherfuckin’ ninja moves to get up this mountain.”
It’s only a day hike (no sleeping in a tent, waaah) but none the less I’m excited to be reunited with my precious Adirondack mountains.
I need need need to get out into the mountains. I think it will make me feel a lot better.