What It Means To Be Seen, To Have a Name

"One can acquire everything in solitude - except character." Stendhal Anyone who thru-hikes the Appalachian Trail, 2,200 miles through fourteen states along the eastern Appalachian Mountains of the United States, is gifted a Trail Name. The bestowing of a Trail Name is akin to breaking bread, a way to establish community and culture in a forest wilderness at the frontier of civilization. I say “frontier” because although the long-established path (completed in 1937) cuts through small towns, it is wilderness. And you become wild while hiking it. Wild to push through and expand your frontier. Literally, moving mile after mile, [...] Continue reading


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