It's always disorienting to come back from time spent in nature, away from the internet and most media. Most of the time, I had no shelter other than a tent. I've barely heard a commercial in 10 days. I have no idea what is going on in the world.
Getting ready to go away is
always such a pain that, while I'm packing and making dozens of
arrangements, I question whether it's worth it, but I trust that it is.
During and after the fact, I can confirm that yes, it absolutely is
worth it. I really need that time to hike, to get away from electronics,
Every afternoon, after the day's hike and before
dinner, I would lie in my tent and stare out at the sunlit trees,
feeling the afternoon breeze. I had nowhere to be and nothing I had to
do right then. Those moments alone would have been worth it, even if I
hadn't also had beautiful scenery while hiking, good companions, and
brilliant stars at night.
I always want to hold on to the
vacation experience when I return to my "real life." Sometimes I think
the vacation part is my real life, and my working life is too cluttered
I'll keep trying to figure it out. Slow reentry.